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    https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/building-a-market-for-energy-efficiency-call-for-evidence
    "
    We're seeking evidence and views on additional measures and incentives that could encourage home-owners to invest in energy efficiency improvements."

    https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-evidence-on-the-reform-of-the-green-deal-framework
    "
    A call for evidence on all elements of the current Green Deal Framework, to help improve the Framework so it is fit for future purpose."
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    Lead balloons and flying pigs spring to mind
    • CommentAuthorDarylP
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    You mean the Greed Deal....? :devil: scrap it perhaps?:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017 edited
     
    I suspect the decision to scrap it has been made, they are now just going though the legal motions to do it.
    But like Brexit, there will be a cost.
    Now if they want to save some cash, they could scrap he Student Loan Company. Trouble is, if they bankrupted it, they would chase ex students for full payment. Could be fun trying to collect the almost £100bn owed already.
    Makes RBS look like a kiddies moneybox.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017 edited
     
    I've given up after the clean growth plan. They are just not interested in fixing any problems. Another fudge will be thought up, some more eighth-measures, some more silver bullets proposed (I can't believe how much they go on about fucking heat networks) and the can will be kicked down the road.

    What needs to happen is:
    - Bin the GD and ECO
    - Set up a GiB that will lend to domestic customers at real terms rates, up to, say, £250k for deep retrofit
    - Remove VAT on all retrofit works
    - Deep retrofit all council owned stock (but build price into right to buy)
    - Issue notification that in 10 years council tax will fall on high EPCs, rise on poor EPCs - revenue neutral
    - Same for stamp duty
    - Oh and fix EPCs
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    Read the consultation papers (link above) to see what they are actually planning.

    Then tell them your opinion in the feedback questionnaire.

    I did and now I feel much better.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    I have done. I have submitted before. It's ignored, they only listen to energy companies and volume house builders.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    Posted By: gravelldOh and fix EPCs

    Until they've done that I object on principle to all other measures that depend on them.
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    What do you actually mean by 'Fix EPC's'
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    When I wrote that, I was thinking specifically about assumed EPCs using RdSAP which (complete guess here) are the overwhelming majority of EPCs that exist.

    But there are also problems with the use of SAP and the assumptions they make (the solid wall debacle being an obvious one).

    I think we've discussed this before but some form of in place continual measurements would be good, e.g. U Value hot boxing, air tightness tests mandatory for all dwellings etc.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    +1
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    How about some sort of tax penalty for 2nd houses and buy to lets that don't achieve a minimum performance standard. Perhaps a sales tax or increased Capital Gains Tax? The level should be set high enough that it makes it well worth insulating the house before sale.

    Some people will still elect to pay the tax rather than renovate and the money raised could be used to fund grants to buyers that do renovate.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    I thought energy efficiency of let properties was already covered by existing legislation?
    • CommentAuthorretrofrit
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017 edited
     
    Was wondering what would happen and even I've been shocked, its only new leases not all rented stock, even then its shot through with holes - you just say you're exempt-

    The ‘Golden Rule’: where an independent assessor determines that all relevant energy efficiency improvements have been made to the property or that improvements that could be made but have not been made would not pay for themselves through energy savings within seven years. There are numerous examples of "relevant" energy efficiency improvements which include double-glazing and pipework insulation which need to be considered; wall-insulation measures are not required where an expert determines that these would damage the fabric of the property.
    Devaluation: where an independent surveyor determines that the relevant energy efficiency improvements that could be made to the property are likely to reduce the market value of the property by more than 5%.
    Third Party Consent: where consent from persons such as a tenant, a superior landlord or planning authorities has been refused or has been given with conditions with which the landlord cannot reasonably comply.

    Makes a mockery of regs that have been years in the promising, they already get tax breaks LESA for improving their own property.
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    What do you think?
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    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2017
     
    I can have a good stab at an EPC band for a house from google satellite and knowledge of heating. There are not many bands that a house can fall into.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2017
     
    The problem with trying to measure the performance of a house based on energy usage is that it depends entirely on the lifestyle of the occupants. People keep their houses at different temperatures, people have their windows open in winter, people go away for six months etc etc.
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