Increase in energy efficient homes across England

New figures suggest that the majority of new homes in England are in the most energy efficient bands, with the number of domestic Energy Performance Certificates up 10 per cent on last year.

In the last quarter, 84 per cent of new homes across the country were given an energy rating of A or B, compared to 79 per cent in the previous quarter. Additionally, 392,000 domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were lodged in England, an increase of 10 per cent from the same quarter in 2019.

EPCs are mandatory for all domestic buildings and provide new home owners with an indicator on how energy efficient their property is and how they can save on costs.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “This government has gone to great lengths to support homebuilding over the past year by keeping the industry open and operating safely during the pandemic – alongside stimulating the market through the stamp duty holiday and a huge £12 billion investment in affordable homes. These latest statistics show the sector remains healthy.

“Building back greener and delivering quality energy efficient homes is a priority for this government and these figures highlight our commitment to helping keep household bills low for people, while looking towards a more sustainable future.

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