18 Jul

Recommendations made for eco-friendly house changes

Recommendations made for eco-friendly house changes

The government is under pressure from a committee of MPs to take firmer action to boost energy efficiency in city properties.

In news that may interest the buy-to-let market, the All Party Urban Development Group suggested financial incentives and tighter building regulations could help achieve carbon-cutting targets.

In total, the committee made eight recommendations this week aimed at encouraging efficiency, including the extension of display energy certificates to cover private buildings.

A spokesman for the MPs said: "The readiness of the private sector to give evidence for this report shows that it is willing to work with the government, but we need a clear vision on how to go forward."

Suggestions include owners and occupiers being given better advice on how to make easy energy savings and a single standard for measuring a building's efficiency.

In other news, the National Landlords Association (NLA) has advised buy-to-let landlords they can make their properties more attractive by updating kitchens and bathrooms.

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