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Energy: Conservation

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on the use of blinds and awnings as energy efficient products in domestic and commercial property; and whether officials of his Department have met representatives of the blind and awning industry. (256376)

As far as it is possible to establish, DECC Ministers and officials have not met with or received representations from any representatives of this industry.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has undertaken on the effect on energy efficiency of the use of blinds and awnings in domestic and commercial buildings. (256378)

The Department has undertaken no specific research on the effect on energy efficiency of the use of blinds and awnings in domestic and commercial buildings. Nonetheless, the benefits of blinds and awnings are understood and included in our National Calculation Methodologies, by which building related energy efficiency measures are assessed.