Homeowners may have to make energy efficiency improvements when selling or renovating their homes under Government plans to phase out gas boilers. New targets for owner occupiers to improve the energy performance certificate (EPC) rating in their home could see homeowners required to insulate their lofts or walls, or install triple glazing. The Government wants to see new gas boilers phased out by the mid-2030s at the latest, with the CCC calling for a ban on sales from 2028, and will lay out its plans to decarbonise heating in its upcoming heat and buildings strategy. As part of a consultation within the strategy, the Government is expected to outline options for improving EPC ratings in owner-occupied homes within the coming years. Buildings account for 17 per cent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from the use of gas for heating and cooking.
Telegraph 21st May 2021 read more »