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Housing: Energy

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes classified as energy efficient were built in each local authority area in each of the last five years. (286917)

All new homes built in England in the last five years have been required to meet the energy efficiency standards set out in part L of the Building Regulations. The part L standard for new homes was raised by 25 per cent. in 2002 and by a further 20 per cent. in 2006. This requirement will progressively increase leading up to the target for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016. Tables showing the total number of new build dwellings per year in each English region can be found on my Department’s website at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/141239.xls

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to paragraph 31 of the Building Britain's Future document, Cm 7654, what criteria will be used to decide where to deploy the £1.5 billion of new investment in energy efficient affordable homes. (287866)

Criteria for allocations for these funds vary across the different component programmes, although all funding will be allocated on a competitive basis. For affordable housing units, standards and costing will be in line with those of the National Affordable Housing Programme. For private housing completions, the level of public subsidy required, fit with national, regional and local priorities and the quality of the homes will all be assessed. The bidding guidance and criteria for the schemes will be made available through the website of the Home and Communities Agency at

www.homesandcommunities.co.uk

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many energy performance certificates have been issued by local authorities in respect of privately-rented properties in each year since their introduction; what recent progress has been made in increasing the energy efficiency of buildings; and if he will make a statement. (288022)

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/991) (“the 2007 regulations”) require the seller, prospective landlord or builder of a property to make an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) available to a prospective buyer or tenant whenever a building in England or Wales is sold, constructed or rented out. Local authorities are not therefore expected to issue EPCs in respect of privately rented properties.

The Heat and Energy Saving Strategy consultation paper (HESS), published in February this year, sets out the combination of measures the Government have adopted and proposes for increasing the energy efficiency of existing homes, including targeted help to households on using energy better, insulating their homes, accessing low carbon heat and power, and reducing their fuel bills. The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan (UKLCTP), publish on 15 July, also sets out the route to cut emissions by 34 per cent. in comparison to 1990 levels by 2020. Consultation on the HESS has now been completed and the final policy proposals will be published later this year.