A new study by intelligent home climate management company tado° has found that UK homes lose heat significantly faster than European neighbours, even when factoring in outside temperature.
New rules are to be introduced to ensure all new homes built in Scotland use renewable or low-carbon heating.
The regulations, being introduced by the Scottish government from 2024, are part of plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Landlords in the private rented sector who commit to providing affordable housing should be given the same financial support as housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, it is suggested.
Air conditioning is used to avoid greenhouse effect but cooling buildings adds to carbon emissions
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Only 10,000 upgrades such as loft insulation happen each month compared with 65,000 in 2014, report shows
New energy efficiency rules for properties in the private rented sector in England and Wales are now in force with industry organisations urging those letting property to make sure they are compliant.
Partial climbdown means help for more tenants in coldest homes in England and Wales
The consumer group Which? says the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards starting next weekend could affect 300,000 buy to let properties.
Stamp duty in England may be changed to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient.
Energy minister Claire Perry told the BBC householders would face "carrots and sticks" to prompt them into saving on heating bills and carbon emissions.
Legal loophole means landlords won’t need to comply with regulations aiming to protect tenants and cut carbon emissions
Homeowners who sell draughty homes could be fined, a report has suggested.
Economic consultancy Frontier Economics says the money raised could underpin government funding for insulating the homes of the least wealthy homeowners.
‘Clean growth’ report steps into scrapping of green deal void and reinstates all new homes be zero carbon by 2020
The NFU has announced the purchase of agriculture energy consultancy FEC Energy – once known as the Farm Energy Centre.
The Country Land and Business Association is demanding a year’s delay in the introduction of minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for rented properties, which it warns will “fail” older rural properties unless there are amendments.
More than one home every minute will need to be refurbished in the UK between now and 2050, experts say.
The authors of a report to Parliament say 25 million existing homes will not meet the insulation standards required by mid-century.
Radical plans to use hydrogen to heat UK homes and businesses have moved a step closer after the Government’s official climate advisers said the plan was “technically feasible” and called for major trials to be undertaken.
The sale of a large block of commercial forestry in a sought-after region of Scotland has opened with strong interest.
Over half of UK tenants claim their rental property is cold and draughty and 58% say their landlords has refused to make energy efficiency improvements, a new poll shows.
Since the beginning of April 2016 tenants living in F and G rated homes have been able to request improvements, such as more insulation and landlords are legally bound to bring the property up to the minimum of EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) E rating.
Under the new legislation, if a tenant requests a more efficient home and the landlord fails to comply, the landlord could ultimately be forced to pay a penalty notice.
Tenants in the UK now have the right to request energy improvements to the homes that they rents and landlords need a good reason to refuse.
From the beginning of April they can request consent from their landlords to make energy saving improvements for the properties they rent and landlords will not be able to refuse their consent without good reason.
But tenants will need to ensure that they have a way of funding improvements at no cost to the landlord, unless otherwise agreed. This may prove difficult, as it was originally expected that the Green Deal, which was closed down in July last year, would provide much of the funding for this initiative.
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