Good EPC ratings have little impact on house prices in Britain

Rozi Jones writes on the Financial Reporter website that analysis from Nationwide shows limited impact on house prices of improvements in energy performance of buildings. There is a 1.7% house price premium for an owner-occupier property with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of A or B, compared to a D-rated home, according to data … Continue reading Good EPC ratings have little impact on house prices in Britain

New report from BPIE flags ‘make-or-break’ opportunity for climate-neutral buildings in Europe

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is the next of the EU’s energy efficiency directives to be revised this year as part of the European Green Deal, the “Fit for 55” package and the Renovation Wave initiative. The new report, The make or break decade: Making the EPBD fit for 2030, from the Buildings Performance Institute … Continue reading New report from BPIE flags ‘make-or-break’ opportunity for climate-neutral buildings in Europe

EBRD advances first loan to support renovation of residential multi-apartment buildings in Lithuania

Addressing a core issue in the effort to improve the use of energy in Lithuania, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is lending €67.5 million to support an innovative scheme to scale up renovation of residential multi-apartment buildings – its largest direct investment in renovating privately owned buildings in the country, according to … Continue reading EBRD advances first loan to support renovation of residential multi-apartment buildings in Lithuania

What it takes to urgently improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock

With some of the worst levels of energy efficiency in Europe, Britain’s housing stock is in urgent need of a plan to encompass wishes, grants to alleviate fuel poverty as well as installer training. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, provides his views in his column for the July/August issue of Energy … Continue reading What it takes to urgently improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock

The important role energy performance certificates can play to encourage low carbon home heating

Andrew Warren, chair of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, explores the potential future for building Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) as the UK shifts towards lower carbon home heating in an article first published on the Business Green website.   What role could EPCs play in the crucial shift towards low carbon home heating? The days … Continue reading The important role energy performance certificates can play to encourage low carbon home heating

UK manufacturers legally required to make spare parts available for all electrical products

Right to repair rules will extend lifespan of products, the UK government says. Products such as washing machines, TVs and fridges should become easier to repair and cheaper to run under new rules coming into force. Lois Mackenzie discusses latest developments in an article on The Manufacturer website.   New right to repair rules for … Continue reading UK manufacturers legally required to make spare parts available for all electrical products

Need to improve energy performance certificates for buildings

Freya Wise, PhD Candidate in Sustainability and the Built Environment at The Open University in the UK writes on The Conversation website about the shortcomings of energy performance certificates (EPCs) and the need to improve them, especially for pre-1945 homes in Britain. What is the experience in your country? How we measure energy efficiency in … Continue reading Need to improve energy performance certificates for buildings

Don’t scrap Energy Performance Certificates – redesign them like a food label

Elmhurst Energy, the UK's largest accreditation scheme for energy assessors, gives its views on how EPCs should be re-designed in Britain. What are your views?   Don’t scrap EPCs, but redesign them to show cost, carbon AND energy metrics, says Elmhurst Energy MPs shouldn’t misunderstand the fundamental value of EPCs But new opportunities could transform … Continue reading Don’t scrap Energy Performance Certificates – redesign them like a food label

Calls for longer net-zero regulatory roadmap for commercial and industrial buildings in England and Wales

The introduction of new rules in England and Wales on measuring the energy performance of commercial and industrial buildings is a vital step forward. The British Property Federation, however, is calling for a longer net-zero regulatory roadmap beyond 2030, to give the sector more time to make the necessary changes. An article on the Property … Continue reading Calls for longer net-zero regulatory roadmap for commercial and industrial buildings in England and Wales

Addressing Britain’s energy-inefficient building stock: a system-wide perspective is needed rather than passing the buck down to homeowners or housebuilders

Sankar Sivarajah, Head of School of Management and Professor of Technology Management and Circular Economy at the University of Bradford provides his views in an article on The Conversation website on how to improve Britain’s energy-inefficient housing stock. What are your views? The UK has some of the least energy-efficient housing in Europe – here's … Continue reading Addressing Britain’s energy-inefficient building stock: a system-wide perspective is needed rather than passing the buck down to homeowners or housebuilders