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by mel starrs on June 16, 2006

in Part L

Free Image Hosting at allyoucanupload.comOn Wednesday DCLG announced details of the home energy certificates which must be in place due to EPBD (European Performance of Buildings Directive) by 2009. The UK version will be ready by next summer:

The certificates will give home buyers and sellers A to G ratings for their home’s energy efficiency and carbon emissions. They will tell them current average costs for heating, hot water and lighting in their home as well as how to cut costs with energy efficiency measures.

Commercial buildings will be following soon, but the implications on the domestic housing market could be enormous. All those poorly built, electrically heated flats built over the past 15 years could be facing a very sticky future. It will be interesting to see what effect this has on the existing housing market. It’s all very well building new buildings correctly but we have a huge stock of existing housing which accounts for a much greater proportion of the carbon emissions. There was a fantastic report published in 2003 by BRE called ‘Domestic Energy Fact file 2003’ which has 103 pages of facts and figures.

In a no doubt related move, BRE have recently announced the launch of EcoHomes XB:

David Strong, MD of BRE Environment comments: ‘Reducing the environmental impact of the existing housing stock is a vitally important issue. BRE has worked closely with the Housing Corporation to develop EcoHomes XB – an environmental assessment tool for existing managed housing stock. We are delighted to have been able to assist the Housing Corporation by developing EcoHomes XB, a valuable addition to our family of environmental assessment tools.’

  • http://www.arated.com J Kanbi

    Dear Mel Starrs,

    I noticed your website whilst searching for A rated home, and would like to introduce our website http://www.Arated.com which will be tracking A rated homes initially in the UK and will eventually the rest of the worlds’ A rated homes.

    This website is currently in development stages will be a free portal. If you have any suggestions to make on how best it can serve people it will be appreciated.

    You can also list yourself in the free directory which is currently in beta stage.

    Thanks.

    J Kanbi (Arated.com)

  • http://www.arated.com J Kanbi

    Dear Mel Starrs,

    I noticed your website whilst searching for A rated home, and would like to introduce our website http://www.Arated.com which will be tracking A rated homes initially in the UK and will eventually the rest of the worlds’ A rated homes.

    This website is currently in development stages will be a free portal. If you have any suggestions to make on how best it can serve people it will be appreciated.

    You can also list yourself in the free directory which is currently in beta stage.

    Thanks.

    J Kanbi (Arated.com)