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Government’s private rental energy measures fall short, says UKGBC

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The UK Government has introduced measures to bring private rental properties with poor energy efficiency up to at least a Band E standard.

Following the outcome of the public consultation to amend Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015, the Government has decided to cap landlord contributions towards bringing homes up to standard to £3,500, remove the "no cost to the landlord" provision, and curtail existing ‘no cost’ exemptions by April 2020.

However, the UKGBC doesn’t feel the measures will make enough of a difference. "Unfortunately, the amended regulations announced today are only half-measures on tackling both fuel poverty and carbon emissions," says Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UKGBC.

"The Government’s own impact assessment shows that setting the cost cap at just £3,500 will only bring 32% of F and G rated homes up to Band E. And it is those families in the worst-performing, draughtiest homes that will be left behind.

"We urgently need to see the Government’s clean growth rhetoric of recent weeks reflected in meaningful policy action. If we are to end fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions, and deliver the Government’s stated ambition of keeping the UK at the forefront of tackling climate change, we urgently need a step change in the strength and efficacy of regulations being brought forward."

The amendments will be enforced from 2020 to all private rented properties, subject to Parliamentary approval.

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