Commuter carbon emissions may have fallen since March 2020 when many people started to work from home, but those from domestic heating have risen as we’ve swapped the office desk for the kitchen table.Central heating accounts for half of Scotland’s energy use, and more than half of its carbon emissions, which is why the Scottish Government has set 2024 as the date from which gas boilers can no longer be fitted within new developments as part of its strategy to achieve net-zero emissions from all greenhouse gasses by 2045. As housebuilders and developers have looked for new ways to keep homes warm without using fossil fuels, new ways of working have been adopted and alternative heating systems are becoming more mainstream. At Cruden, one of our key strengths is our commitment to innovation when building homes. As our clients’ needs vary, we deliver bespoke solutions for each project, considering available technologies and carrying out thorough research into those that continually evolve. For example, in Edinburgh, where we have just been appointed as preferred developer for the landmark regeneration of a major brownfield site in Fountainbridge, we will spend the pre-development phase preparing for construction and selecting the most appropriate net-zero energy solution for the site.
Scotsman 25th May 2021 read more »
Councils to receive funding to enforce draughty rental rules. Landlords are required to upgrade the energy efficiency of the leakiest homes – but an i investigation revealed few councils are currently checking to see if the rules are being followed. Councils across England and Wales will receive Government funding to enforce energy efficiency standards in rented homes, following an i investigation which revealed most local authorities are making little effort to penalise those flouting the rules. Since April 2020 landlords have been barred from renting out the draughtiest properties – those rated EPC F or below. Landlords owning these properties must install energy-efficiency measures, such as double glazing and insulation, before renting out the homes. Around 290,000 rented homes should receive improvements, and landlords can face fines of up to £5,000 for inaction.
iNews 24th May 2021 read more »
Banks would be discouraged from lending to owners of draughty homes under Government plans to tackle climate change. Homes will be expected to achieve an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of C or above from 2030, under plans to be set out within weeks from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. To achieve this, the Government has outlined plans to require mortgage lenders to attain higher EPC ratings across the average of their portfolio from 2025. Homes that do not reach higher ratings could face more expensive mortgages, or losing value on their property.
Telegraph 24th May 2021 read more »