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What’s the story with Energy Performance Certificates? Matthew Culnane provides some much-needed answers

21 June 2007

Energy efficiency is a hot topic. Terms like ‘carbon neutral’ and ‘energy ratings’ – once the preserve of industry bodies – are now entering common language. High-profile projects such as the Stern review have highlighted the urgent need to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions, and particular attention is currently focused on the housing industry, where there is significant room for improvement.

Energy efficiency in UK housing

The energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock could be vastly improved by a small number of low-cost, highly effective measures. Take for instance cavity wall insulation – it is one of the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures you can implement in the home. It can reduce heat loss through the wall by 60 per cent, and the cost of the insulation can pay back in less than two years. And yet, of the 15 million homes with cavity walls, a staggering 10 million or so still do not have any insulation in them....

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