Speaking at a session of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, the group chief executive of Barratt Developments, David Thomas, and the group planning and strategic land director at Persimmon, Peter Jordan, were quizzed on current new-build standards. MPs questioned why major housebuilders were still building to 2006 and 2010 energy efficiency standards and not fresh regulations – and how standards were actually assessed once the homes were built. Thomas said that 40% of sites were built to 2013 standards on energy efficiency with 60% ‘upgraded’ – with the majority of properties receiving an EPC Rating B – and Permission’s Jordan said 53% of its new build sites met the standard. But the chair of the committee Rachel Reeves and other MPs asked how the energy efficiency ratings were designed and assessed – and if each house was independently tested for performance. MP Antionette Sandbach also said she had a constituent who had complained about the energy performance rating of her home not matching what was advertised, and whether the housebuilder would rectify such an issue.
Edie 13th March 2019 read more »