Tag: EPCs

New guidance on retrofitting large offices finds missed opportunities for energy saving

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched new guidance on retrofitting large office buildings, which it says reframes retrofit as an iterative process rather than as a standalone project

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Study shows lack of knowledge on energy efficiency in private rental sector

British Gas has released a report into greening the private rental sector, which reveals that 81% of landlords believe that further improvements are required to make their property more environmentally friendly, yet only 23% would make these improvements.

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EPCs must consider the flexibility of a building

Everyone knows EPCs need improvement, says Tom Lowe, Founding Director of Thermal Storage UK. Here, he sets out what works, what needs reforming and how they can become a tool to mark our decarbonisation progress. Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) increasingly underpin all government heat and building policy. An EPC can prevent poorly insulated homes being […]

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Over 12m homes need retrofitting in next five years

SIGOMA, the campaigning network of urban local authorities, is calling for an immediate investment of £10bn to improve the efficiency of 10% of the most deprived households across England. Analysis reveals that 12.6 million properties in England have an EPC Rating of D or below, with higher concentrations of these properties located in typically more […]

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Scaling up home retrofit delivery

Charlotte Delaney spoke to Becky Lane, CEO and Co-founder of Furbnow, about why the customer proposition is the crucial part of retrofit delivery. Could you tell us how you came to set up Furbnow? I’ve been in energy and retrofit for much of my career to date, so I’ve got a 360 view of what’s […]

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Revealed: the UK streets with the hardest to heat homes

Handley Park in Sixpenny Handley, near Salisbury, has the lowest energy efficiency of any street in England and Wales, according to analysis of 23 million EPC certificates by Uswitch.com. The cul-de-sac of 32 park homes has a median energy efficiency of just five – compared to a nationwide average of 67 – due in part […]

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Burnley Council pledges energy efficiency refurbs for empty homes

Burnley Council has pledged to aim to improve the energy efficiency of properties that it acquires and refurbishes to bring back into use. The energy-efficiency measures will include installing new boilers, adding cavity wall insulation, or installing solar PV. The council hopes that, wherever possible, any property acquired through its empty homes programme will be […]

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Demand grows for energy-efficient homes

Santander’s Buying into the Green Homes Revolution  report has found a rising demand for energy-efficient houses from home buyers. The research, which asked 2,000 homeowners and 175 estate agents, their views on retrofitting, found that there is a distinct growing interest among home buyers for energy-efficient properties, with 85% of estate agents reporting increased demand […]

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Inefficient homes could pay almost £1000 more for gas this winter

Analysis from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has found that homes rated band F on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) system are set to have a gas bill £968 higher than band C. With the dual fuel price cap forecast to reach £3,958 this winter, according to figures from Cornwall Insight, new analysis […]

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OVO Energy Solutions and Hubbub search for street for energy-efficiency trial

OVO Energy Solutions is working with environmental charity Hubbub on a trial in Glasgow to help residents make changes to their homes to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their bills. They are looking for a Glasgow street to apply to take part “with a strong sense of community and a willingness to make changes […]

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Octopus and Sirius partner on energy-efficient Poole apartments

Octopus Real Estate has partnered with Sirius Property Finance to provide a £69m loan on a green development of almost 300 new homes in a key regeneration site in Poole, Dorset. The loan will facilitate the new build construction of 291 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments split across five adjacent blocks. The development will also […]

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Funding announced for social housing upgrades

The Government has announced funding that will see 20,000 social housing properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or lower receive upgrades to improve their energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. The energy-efficiency measures include fitting external wall and roof insulation, energy efficient doors and windows, heat pumps and solar panels, and […]

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