The new laws will enforce landlords to install energy-saving measures for buildings which have Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of F and G – the lowest grades possible and the worst for energy efficiency in both residential and non-domestic buildings.
The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has labelled the ruling as the “most significant piece of legislation in a generation”.
John Alker, acting CEO of the UK-GBC, said: “This could be the single most significant piece of legislation to affect our existing building stock in a generation, affecting a huge swathe of rented properties.
“The Government deserves huge credit for sticking to its guns.
“Some will undoubtedly cry ‘red tape’, but good landlords and forward-thinking property companies have nothing to fear.
“This could provide the impetus needed to upgrade our worst-performing, most energy-hungry rented properties and help to kick-start a multi-million pound market in energy efficiency products and services in the UK.”
Ian Fletcher, director of real estate, the British Property Federation, believes this announcement is the result of many years of planning and preparation between the property industry and Government.
“Since Royal Assent on the Energy Bill 2011, the property industry has been working constructively with the Government on what form the regulations will take, and this announcement is another welcome step on the road to giving the industry certainty on the detail and method of introduction of this policy,” said Fletcher.
At Sunsquare we take our responsibility to improve the energy performance of our customer’s properties very seriously. Virtually all external building elements must comply with the minimum thermal standards expressed as a maximum U-value.
Our skylights are built to be installed on a Sunsquare upstand, which are fully insulated structures with a U-value of 0.58. The insulating foam that forms the core of our upstands is highly sophisticated chemical compound foam that has been tested to take into account all possible situations on flat roofs worldwide.