Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) measure the efficiency of a home, rated from A – G, and yet two thirds of UK homes fall below the average Band C. The Government made an important commitment to upgrade all homes to EPC Band C by 2035 in its Clean Growth Strategy, starting with fuel poor homes by 2030, but this has not yet been enshrined in law.
With your support, we can help to legislate for the upgrade of homes to a minimum target of EPC Band C to prevent such a vital ambition from being disregarded down the line. This will provide the certainty needed to trigger vital industry investment and ensure that all homes are more energy-efficient, affordable, and warm and help to achieve the UK’s net-zero carbon target.
Support the Domestic Premises (Minimum Energy Performance) Bill.
The Bill was introduced by Sir David Amess MP before the election in the House of Commons and after the election into the House of Lords by Lord Foster. The Bill had its second reading in February and will now be progressed to Committee Stage in the House of Lords by Lord Foster. To highlight its importance and encourage Ministers to support its introduction, the SEA is gathering support from industry, other organisations and across Parliament.
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Why is the bill so important?
Reducing energy use in our homes is a key step in the fight against climate change whilst creating healthy, warm and affordable homes to live in – something that is not possible for those living in fuel poverty or cold and damp homes today. More than 12 million homes fall behind EPC Band C, meaning occupants are spending more on their energy bills and we are emitting more carbon than is necessary. This represents two thirds of UK homes. The Domestic Premises (Minimum Energy Performance) Bill would help to turn this around.
What will the bill mean?
The Bill will compel the Government to develop a more detailed plan of action to bring all fuel-poor homes to EPC Band C by 2030, and all those not classified as fuel poor by 2035; it will also require the Minister to maximise the adoption of existing, new and innovative technologies and to consider how best they can be utilised to realise the Bills aims.
This clear plan will encourage innovation, provide certainty to industry, investors and homeowners and encourage the uptake of sustainable, low carbon, energy efficient solutions.
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