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Heating: Housing

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) if he will estimate the percentage of fuel above that required to heat a house in Bristol which is required to heat identical houses in (a) Edinburgh, (b) Glasgow, (c) Aberdeen, (d) Dundee, (e) Lerwick, (f) Braemar and (g) Stornoway; and if he will make a statement; (247875)

(2) how much fuel above that required to heat a typical semi-detached house in Bristol with (a) gas central heating and (b) non-white meter electronic heating it takes to heat a similar house in (i) Braemar, (ii) Lerwick, (iii) Aberdeen, (iv) Edinburgh, (v) Dundee, (vi) Glasgow and (vii) Stornoway, using the data contained in the climatic severity index.

[holding answer 15 January 2009]: No data are available at the required level of detail but the BREDEM model (which estimates domestic energy consumption and is produced by the Building Research Establishment) provides a more general comparison.

According to this model, it requires around 25 per cent. more fuel to heat a house to equivalent internal temperature in Eastern Scotland, compared with an identical home in the Severn region.