18 Dec

New energy efficiency rating to be introduced for homes

New energy efficiency rating to be introduced for homes

The Code for Sustainable Homes, a rating system introduced by the government in 2007, is set to receive an overhaul to make it easier for consumers to understand, housing and planning minister John Healey has announced.

It currently has a rating system which awards a property between one and six stars depending on how it performs in areas such as waste, energy use, materials and water.

Mr Healey said: "Our homes account for a quarter of UK carbon emissions, so it's clear that they are a vital part of our efforts to tackle climate change."

Under the proposals, the rating system will allow for the stricter energy efficiency rules due to come into force with new buildings regulations next year.

He added that the new standards will allow homeowners to save money on bills and prepare their homes for the tougher regulations set to be introduced as the government strives to reach its 34 per cent emissions cut target by 2020.ADNFCR-1222-ID-19520492-ADNFCR

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