Martin Valentine, Positive Homes Managing Director, says: ‘ The major house builders are failing us. Don’t take my word for it – read this’:
“House-builders have no long-term interest in dwellings outside of the warranties that apply to structural elements of the building…. considerations that impact on the cost of ownership over time or on energy efficiency outside of the requirements of Building Regulations are of no interest.”
Construction Industry Council off-site building review, 2013
The age of cheap energy is over. Space heating costs have risen exponentially – and have become a major national political issue. The number of households in ‘fuel poverty’ (spending at least 10% of income on heating) is expected to double in the next 20 years.
But the major house builders are typically constructing new homes to the lowest level of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Worse, the Government has recently watered down plans to toughen Building Regulations to a higher level, under pressure from them.
Despite this, it is sensible to assume that, sooner or later, home construction rules will tighten. It therefore makes sense to plan for that now, rather than be forced to do it later.
We believe the major builders are lagging behind growing public opinion about home efficiency and energy use.