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CLG Consultation on the New Homes Bonus

ACE’s Director Andrew Warren has submitted a written response to Consultation on the new homes bonus 

The Association for the Conservation of Energy represents the major manufacturers, distributors and installers of energy saving equipment. As its director, I have recently been invited by the Minister for Energy & Climate Change to chair the government’s stakeholder forum regarding maximising the impact of the Green Deal in British buildings.

I welcome the concept of rewarding local authorities for facilitating new construction , and believe that the financial rewards mooted should vary according to the sustainability standards required of such homes : the higher the standards, the greater the bonus.Those authorities which opt to require standards higher than those minimum required under Parts F and L of the building regulations should be rewarded.

There is however one question raised in this consultation which, as currently posed, has the potential to counter a key strand of government policy, regarding the delivery of the Green Deal. This question reads:Do you agree with the proposal to reward local authorities for bringing empty properties back into use through the New Homes Bonus?

Whilst this Association welcomes moves to incentivise restoring occupancy of existing homes currently unoccupied, we insist that the provision of any such bonuses for the relevant housing authoritycan only be if the home in question has at minimum an Energy Performance Certificate of C rating or above. It would be entirely contradictory for government to be endorsing financial rewards which endorse the occupancy of energy sub-standard properties.

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