MPs want all homes to be EPC band C
Yesterday (6th February), in the House of Commons, Sir David Amess (Conservative MP for Southend West) used a “ten minute rule motion” to propose an agreement. It is because a requirement that all the homes to be EPC Band C. This is a minimum requirement. It is by 2030, for those occupiers in fuel poverty, and 2035 for all other domestic properties.
This proposed strategy is similar to one outlined for Private Rental Sector / Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). It would be apply to privately owned properties too. The homes to be EPC Band C makes the property more secure.
MPs backed the motion unanimously and it will have a second reading on March 16 2018. Elmhurst Energy’s Managing Director, Martyn Reed, welcomed this news. But in the light of a similar statement in the Clean Growth Strategy, is not altogether surprised. The government appear to have woken up to the opportunity that energy efficiency can deliver. A number of recent consultation and policies have also shown commitment to making change and, to our members’ delight, Hello EPC.
In order to achieve an acceptable level of energy efficiency, we need a ‘carrot and stick’ approach:
- Carrots – Action is more likely if homeowners and landlords are incentive’s to act. It maybe by providing discounts on council tax and stamp duty to shorten the payback period.
- Sticks – Setting a requirement is only any use if it is enforced. For that agents, landlords and owners who do not comply need to understand that there is a realistic chance of being prosecuted.