Existing housing stock and climate change – your views?

The government has launched an inquiry into dealing with the existing hosuing stock and its contribution to climate change. (The UK’s domestic building stock is responsible for around a quarter of all carbon emissions in the UK)

It will be considering the extent to which current measures to adapt existing housing, whether owner occupied, rented privately or social, have been successful and how improvements might be achieved.   Evidence is invited from interested individuals and organisations on a range of topics, including:

  • The significance of existing housing compared to new build and the different levels of performance each display
  • The respective roles of residents, homeowners, landlords, local government, central government and the energy industry in promoting and delivering greater energy efficiency
  • Energy performance certificates
  • The provision of information for households and prospective house buyers, including energy performance certificates
  • Government efforts to reduce carbon emissions from existing housing stock whether in private or public ownership and other related programmes including Decent Homes
  • The technologies available to reduce emissions and the Government’s role in facilitating relevant further technological development
  • The costs associated with reducing carbon emissions from existing housing, who should meet those costs and particularly, in respect of low-income households, interaction between carbon emission reductions and the Government’s ambitions to reduce poverty
  • The specific challenges which may arise in relation to housing of special architectural or historical interest

More details and information on submitting evidence at www.parliament.uk

The Committee invites to submit written memoranda addressing these topics by Wednesday 26th September 2007.

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