Sleepwalking into an EPC Nightmare

In this note, colleague David Stanistreet argues planned legislation aimed at improving the energy efficiency of the entire stock of UK domestic dwellings is fundamentally flawed. As another example of achieving well-intentioned end points, the proposed measures are more likely to result in considerable household hardship and affordability issues if implemented in current form. These will be disproportionately felt in the so-called levelling up regions of the country. In extreme cases many will be left owning stranded assets, those which have zero value beyond the land they occupy for failing to meet ill-conceived, inconsistently applied and scientifically unproven compliance targets.

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