The energy efficiency of English homes has stalled

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government recently published its annual report on the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England (English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017).

The headline amongst a huge amount of facts is that the energy efficiency of homes in England are not improving!

Some key facts:

  • The energy efficiency of English homes has increased considerably in last 20 years – but did not increase between 2015 and 2016
    • The Average SAP points was 62 points and hasn’t changed since 2015
    • The social rented stock has an average of 67 SAP points
    • The private rented stock has an average of 61
    • Owner Occupied average is 61
  •  Owner Occupation remains stable at 63% or 14.4 million homes of the 23.1m households
    • There are more outright owners (34%), and less mortgagors (28%)
  • Private Rented sector accounts for 4.7m or 20% of households. Social rental is 3.9m or 17%
  • The young are being squeezed out of the owner occupier market:
    • In 2006-07, 72% of 35-44 year olds were owner occupiers – by 2016-17 this has fallen to 52%
    • In 2006-07, 11% of 35-44 years olds were in private rented, this is now up to 29%

  • As MEES is looking at private rented properties the graph indicates a significant proportion of properties still in F and G bands

  • In 2016 the private rented sector had the lowest proportion of homes with central heating (84%)
  • Older less efficient boilers were more prevalent in the private sector.
    • 19% of owner occupiers and 10% of private rented dwellings had standard (non condensing) boilers – compared with 7% in social sector dwellings
  • 83% of homes had full double glazing, up from 71% in 2008
  • Half had cavity or solid wall insulation, up from 38% in 2008
  • 37% had 200mm of more loft insulation up from 21% in 2008

Stuart Fairlie- Technical Director at Elmhurst comments: “The findings in these statistics help magnify the policy vacuum that has been created in the household energy efficiency sector. The decision to remove ‘green’ policies has a real outcome on the homes in which we live in. We are extremely pleased to see that the Clean Growth Strategy recently recognised this, and the many consultations since. It is imperative that the Government move forward with strategic policy that ensures that families in England live in cheaper to run, warmer and healthier homes. We need action now to ensure that the same malaise doesn’t continue in next year’s report!”

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Article Published: 1st February 2018

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