Jenny Holland, Public Affairs & Policy Specialist at the UK Green Building Council, said:

“There is a great deal to welcome in this consultation, most notably the proposal to bring forward the date by which all tenancies will need to be improved from 2030 to 2028. There is also a welcome focus on a fabric first approach to energy performance improvements and a significantly more robust approach to ensuring compliance and enforcement.

“However, we would like to see an even greater level of ambition. For example, to help local authorities locate all the landlords in their area, we need a new national landlord register in England, mirroring the one that already exists in Wales.  We believe too that, to set us on a path to net zero, the MEES rating should not just be based on an affordability metric but should also reward properties with lower carbon emissions.  A dual metric aligns decarbonisation and fuel poverty goals and can help ensure that Government policies are not working against each other.”

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