UK Gov’t Urged to Double Up Efforts on Green Homes

May 13, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

UK government officials are not doing their job in promoting green homes improvement across the country, according to respondents in a survey.

UK Gov’t Urged to Double Up Efforts on Green Homes

UK citizens believe their government lack the effort in helping them to improve their green home initiatives and equip their property with more energy efficient features.

In USA, on the other hand, the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) reported last month that a total of 10,000 green homes have already achieved LEED status, from the real estate residential market — multiple, single family homes, to affordable and market-rate housing.

The USGBC added that more than 38,000 additional units are waiting LEED certification.

Meanwhile, a survey conducted by international internet -based market research firm YouGov, and is commissioned by Stop Climate Chaos (SCC), suggests that 59% of people in UK are calling for their government officials to pull up their sleeves and double up efforts to fulfill their promise at turning UK into the ‘greenest government ever’.

Moreover, another 69% of UK citizens raise concerns over the expenditure they have already sustained for their homes’ heating maintenance and power consumption.

According to the SCC, UK’s proposed legislation regarding green homes will fall short of goals in ensuring that the country can achieve its low-carbon targets or help UK citizens get out of their fuel difficulty.

Richard Diment, director-general of the Federation of Master Builders, urged the government to have a clear view on what its current green homes legislation will mean for UK homeowners even as the Energy Bill holds the possibility of making “significant energy efficiency improvements” to UK households.

In Europe, UK is responsible for 27% of greenhouse emissions, thus its brand as having some of the least efficient buildings in the region.

In May 11, the government’s Energy Bill received criticisms during its second reading in the House of Commons for its lack of details.

Members of the Parliament said there are 50 pieces of secondary legislation that are missing in the draft.

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