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Government announces rise in new homes built last year

20 January 2021

Figures published in January 2021 show a 111 per cent increase in housebuilding in England from July to September 2020 compared with the previous quarter. Data for the same period also show a quarterly rise of 185 per cent more dwellings completed. Read More...

Winter weather precautions

20 January 2021

Propertymark Industry Supplier, Gallagher offers practical steps that can help agents and their clients reduce the risk of damage to property as areas of the nation are set to see further warnings of more inclement weather to come. Damage caused by the escape of water from frozen pipes and other equipment can be extremely costly in repairs and disruption. Read More...

New Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme

19 January 2021

First-time buyers looking to purchase a home in England will continue to receive Government support under the revised Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme (2021-2023), which is now open for applications with buyers able to move into their new properties from 1 April 2021. Read More...

The future of heat for owner occupied and privately rented homes

Friday 18 December 2020

The UK Government announced on 14 December their ambitious plan to clean up the UK's energy system which will unleash a green economic recovery and support up to 220,000 jobs over the next decade across the whole of the UK.

In an Energy White Paper, some key announcements on heating for homes policy are included, fleshing out the commitments made in the UK Prime minister’s ’10-point plan’, earlier in the month. These will have wide-ranging implications for the future sale of homes, landlords, and owner-occupiers because the UK Government has committed to decarbonising heat, which means fossil fuel heating appliances will be phased out.

Heat decarbonisation and timeline

A timeline of when to expect UK Government consultations, as well as new low carbon heat schemes, are contained in the White Paper. The main technologies set out for use as low carbon heat are heat networks, heat pumps, and hydrogen boilers. Some technologies like hydrogen are not ready for widespread deployment yet, however, the use of heat pumps will be especially well placed to decarbonise homes.

 

Early 2021: UK Government to consult over new regulations to phase out fossil fuels in off-grid homes, businesses, and public buildings, including a backstop date for the use of any remaining fossil fuel heating systems

2021: UK Government will consult on the role of ‘hydrogen ready’ appliances in 2021

2021: Clean Heat Grant Consultation response to be published

2021: UK Government will consult on the role of ‘hydrogen ready’ appliances

2025: UK Government are committing £122 million of funding towards a new Heat Network Transformation Programme and will implement local authority zoning by 2025

2028: 600,000 heat pump installations per year

2022: The Clean Heat Grant launches (RHI replacement)

2023: Hydrogen Neighbourhood trial

2035: Hydrogen village trial

2030: All rented non-domestic buildings will be EPC Band B by 2030 and the UK Government want as many existing homes as possible to hit EPC Band C by 2035

 

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What is Propertymark doing on energy efficiency?

Propertymark will be submitting a response to both the Improving the energy efficiency of privately rented homes and the Improving energy efficiency through mortgage lenders consultations. Both are aimed at improving the energy performance of homes through incentives and regulations, although one concerns only the PRS only and the other concerns both owners occupied and privately rented. We will be arguing that more support is needed for landlords and homeowners than the £5,000 currently offered in the Green Homes Grant given that costs can for landlords and homeowners be capped at £10,000.