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Minister calls for houses to be 'greened up'

Wed 15 Jun 2011

Existing residential properties in the UK need to be made more environmentally friendly, the government has stated.

According to communities minister Andrew Stunell, buildings generate more than 40 per cent of the UK's annual carbon emissions output.

He noted that since about three-quarters of the houses that will be standing in 2050 are already in place, it is necessary to ensure they are made more energy-efficient.

The government has already confirmed that the Green Deal will begin next year as part of its effort to achieve this goal.

Mr Stunell described this as a "strong programme of retrofitting" that should make housing more sustainable and help to deliver more homes across the country.

He added that ensuring existing housing stock, as well as new properties, are more energy-efficient is "vital" if policymakers are serious about bringing about a "green revolution".

This comes after climate change minister Greg Barker described the Green Deal as the "biggest home improvement programme since the Second World War".

He confirmed that "strict rules about standards" will be put in place to prevent shoddy workmanship from being carried out.

Colin Hall, a partner at Winckworth Sherwood, commented: "The Green Deal is getting quite a boost.

"Parliament is about to approve legislation which will forbid lettings after 2018 of homes without sufficient insulation and the government has recently been putting some very useful extra flesh on the bones with its announcements that the Green Deal may be assisted by the Green Investment Bank and that renewable equipment may also be allowed as a Green Deal solution.

"Sitting alongside the government’s activities a large amount of work is being done behind the scenes by landlords and institutions to streamline their arrangements so that, when the Green Deal goes live, the commercial arrangements are in place to make the take up easy and quick.

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