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Housing: Insulation

Volume 702: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2008

CLG's decent homes programme, directed at social housing and to support vulnerable households in the private sector, includes provision for effective insulation of the home.

A decent home should provide a reasonable degree of thermal comfort and this includes having an effective amount of insulation. The level of insulation considered to be effective depends on the type of wall construction, the presence of a loft and the effectiveness of the home's heating system. The detailed standard is set out in A Decent Home: Definition and guidance for implementation, Communities and Local Government, June 2006 and published on the department's website.

The 2006 English House Condition Survey estimated that 3,486,000 homes across the whole of the housing stock did not have effective insulation as set out by the decent homes standard. Details are provided in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Number and per cent of homes failing the insulation component of the decent homes standard in England, 2006

Owner occupied

private rented

social sector


number ('000s) failing decent homes insulation component





Per cent failing decent homes insulation component





Source: 2006 English House Condition Survey, CLG