New building regulations dealing with energy efficiency take effect from April 2014. The aim is for the energy efficiency of new build dwellings to be increased by six per cent.
Landlords and property owners provide tenants and inhabitants with a basic human right of a somewhere to call home. Now though, new builds will have to take up the task of helping cut carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 6.4 million tonnes per year.
This is obviously a step in the right direction for energy efficiency, and the projected £200 worth of annual savings on energy bills through greater efficiency would be a massive draw for homeowners and tenants alike.
Energy efficiency is one of a myriad of increasingly important criteria from government in terms of new build, and while it is not the first item that a tenant may be interested in, it could be a deciding factor If such projected savings become reality.
In continuing service to landlords, the RLA has produced a guide on Building Regulation requirements.
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) conducted consultation on the matter from January to April 2012, and it is an important step towards the Government’s commitment to zero carbon standards from 2019 onwards.
- View the RLA Landlord guide on Building Regulations
- Visit the DCLG website for more information
- View Green Deal Stories on the RLA News Hub