Absolute jokers …
These housebuilders racing to exploit a Part L loophole (24 September, page 13) sum up quite aptly the irresponsible, unprogressive and shortsighted attitude of the industry as a whole - and all to save a whopping £2,000 per plot!
It depends upon the awareness among buyers, if they are ready to pay more for energy-efficient accommodation. This is not usually the case as the short-term and rental buyers won’t spend more for the insulation.
How quickly would the increases cost of £2,000 be recuperated in savings made by reduced energy bills? Seems to me that if someone has their marketing heads on then the property that is built to Part L 2010 will have greater sales potential.
It is more important someone thoroughly checks the house is built correctly with all the insulation, breather membrane and vapour barriers in place - more energy will be lost through poor workmanship, no matter what the standards are.
It’s surely time for joined up legislation and policy. The end user is ill-informed and they need to be educated so as to demand higher standards. The government should make provision for the closure of loopholes in order to send a stronger message of its serious commitment to reducing emissions from buildings.