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Minimum energy efficiency standard needed for rented homes

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The government has been urged by 30 organisations to set a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately rented accommodation.

The organisations include the Energy Savings Trust, The Association for the Conservation of Energy and the UK Green Building Council (UK GBC) who called on the government to introduce the standard as soon as possible.

The government legislated for the minimum standard to be set by April 2018, but the organisations are pushing for the date to be brought forward.

Green MP Caroline Lucas said there needs to be “a robust and enforceable minimum standard”, which should be set at the energy performance certificate band E.

John Alker, director of policy and communications at UK GBC, added: “A minimum energy efficiency standard is not only crucial for upgrading the UK’s poorly performing private rented homes, but would also give a much needed boost to the flagging Green Deal.”

Climate change minister Greg Barker spoke in the House of Commons yesterday, confirming the government’s commitment to a minimum standard.

He said: “This is a coalition commitment, which we are proud of.

“We will make sure that it is implemented properly and we will consult appropriately.”

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