Energy Efficient Housing – share your views
In preparing Neighbourhood Plan (NP), we want to hear the views of local people about the importance they attach to energy efficient buildings.
We have prepared a short survey which should only take a few minutes to complete. Please take the time to do so – your input is invaluable.
Energy use in homes is a large part of total UK energy consumption, accounting for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions https://www.theccc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/5CB-Infographic-FINAL-.pdf
Making existing homes more energy efficient is an aim of some Government policies in the forthcoming Environment Bill, but retrofitting existing properties is not easy or cheap. Decarbonising heating systems alone in existing homes has an estimated cost of £200 billion over the next 30 years. https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/decarbonising-heating-home.pdf
At a local level and in accordance with the New Forest District Council Local Plan Part One, Ringwood is going to see many hundreds of new homes. It is easier to include energy efficiency as part of the design of new buildings. In fact, there is much evidence that highly energy efficient homes cost the same or less to build than homes built to conventional designs https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmcomloc/1831/1831.pdf . They are also cheaper to live in when it comes to energy bills.