16 Aug 2010 12:08:04
New EU rules 'could affect green home improvements'
The introduction of new European Union regulations on energy performance certificates (EPC) could discourage homeowners from making green improvements to their properties, one expert has suggested.
Under the new regulations, homeowners will be required to publish information on energy efficiency ratings on all property sale adverts in the UK.
Currently, Brits are required to commission an EPC before putting their home on the market but the information may not be available to buyers when the house is first viewed.
Gordon Miller, sustainability and communications director of Sustain, said that the regulations are unlikely to encourage households to make improvements and could "potentially [have] the opposite effect".
"My concern with this is it gives the public yet more of an impression that everything is being dictated to them from on high - that they must hit certain targets – and it can be seen as something of a negative," he explained.
The expert added that the directive contains no information on the benefits of boosting a property's environmental credentials.
However, Mr Miller said that the move is "a positive" from the point of view of the buyer as it offers them the chance to make a judgement on sound information when they view the property.