Useful Links to make your Highgate home warm and low energy

Note: While every effort has been made by the authors to ensure that these links are accurate and up to date as at the date of publication, they accept no responsibility or liability in contract, tort, negligence, breach of statutory duty or otherwise for any inconvenience, loss, damage, costs or expenses of any nature whatsoever incurred or suffered by anyone as a result of any advice or information contained in this guide (except to the extent that such liability may not be excluded or limited as a matter of law).

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  • Building Regulations and Historic and Traditional buildings There are certain exemptions to the standard Part L1B building requirements for Historic and Traditional buildings, but applicants must follow the specific advice of English Heritage. See here.

    The National Trust Energy and Environmen“By harnessing the power of nature and being careful with the energy we use, the places we find special can be beautiful forever.” click here

  • For excellent further reading on making your home energy efficient try:

    The Energy Savings Trust.
    Insulation: click here
    Boiler Replacement: click here
    Solar PV panels: click here
    Smart meters: click here

    The Centre for Sustainable Energy has downloadable advice leaflets on all the above topics + glazing, lighting and more. click here

    Windows

    Glass and Glazing Federation  quick assessment developed with the Energy Savings Trust. click here

    English Heritage research re Sash Windowsclick here

    English Heritage research re draught proofing. click here

    Walls

    English Heritage research re insulating solid walls click here

    Energy Savings Trust re external wall insulation click here

    Roofs

    English Heritage on roof insulation.

    For rafter level roof insulation. click here

    For ceiling level roof insulationclick here

    Floors

    For advice on underfloor insulation click here

  • Superhomes An organisation that encourages homeowners to minimise energy requirements and has a programme of Open Homes for local people to visit. click here

    Building Research Establishment (BRE) has an Innovation Park programme. “As well as the construction method of the houses themselves there are a number of products on each of the buildings and around the Park that contribute to the holistic approach to sustainable homes and communities.” click here.

    Ecobuild exhibitions – typically March at the Excel London. click here.

  • THE DOMESTIC PRIVATE RENTED PROPERTY MINIMUM STANDARD. October 2017 click here

    New rental tenancy from the 1st April 2018

    “landlords of relevant domestic private rented properties may not grant a tenancy to new or existing tenants if their property has an EPC rating of band F or G (as shown on a valid Energy Performance Certificate for the property);”   [ie must be at least E]

    Ongoing tenancy from the 1st April 2020

    “landlords must not continue letting a relevant domestic property which is already let if that property has an EPC rating of band F or G (as shown on a valid Energy Performance Certificate for the property).   [ie must be at least E] In both cases this is referred to in the Regulations and in this guidance as the prohibition on letting sub-standard property.”

    Where a landlord wishes to continue letting property which is currently sub-standard, they will need to ensure that energy efficiency improvements are made which raise the EPC rating to a minimum of E.

    Exemptions

    The domestic property regulations will be enforced by Local Authorities, using the Exemption Register from April 2018. “they may decide to use Trading Standards Officers or Environmental Health Officersclick here

     “In certain circumstances landlords may be able to claim an exemption from this prohibition on letting sub-standard property; this includes situations where the landlord is unable to obtain funding to cover the cost of making improvements, or where all improvements which can be made have been made, and the property remains below an EPC rating of Band E.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are a rating scheme, used in official processes to summarise the energy efficiency of a building.

  • A and B levels from an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) is broadly very cosy with low (or zero) energy bills.
  • C and D typically suggests double glazed windows, insulation, solar panels.
  • E is cold and draughty.
  • F and G are poor living conditions, as well as wasting CO2 and ££s on wasted heat.

The Association for the Conservation of Energy studied EPCs in London in 2016 and discovered that, whilst only 1% of homes in London were rated G, and 4% were F a massive 20% were E and 50% were D. EPCs are only required when a home is built, sold or rented out, so the percentage of cold old homes is likely to be higher. click here for data

To check on the EPC for your building, or any other building, search for ‘EPC register’ and enter a post code to pick the required address.

  • The ‘Green Deal’. This was a Government scheme where a loan could be taken with lower repayments than the savings the measures made.  The Government Green Deal was scrapped in July 2015, though The Green Deal Finance Company became private in Jan 2017 and may offer similar loans. click here