A recent government report shows that efforts to improve energy efficiency and the levels of thermal comfort in homes have slowed down over the last few years.
The English Housing Report, based on a survey published by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government looks at people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England focusing on:
- Energy use
Although the percentage of homes failing to meet the ‘Decent Homes Standard’, that sets out minimum quality requirements for modern facilities and thermal comfort, has declined by 35% over the last decade, the survey found that 13% per cent of dwellings in the social rented sector still didn’t meet the requirements. Neither did a quarter of private tenanted properties and 19 % of owner-occupied homes.
Key Findings – Heating:
Central heating is the most efficient source of heating in our homes and the survey showed that again, it’s private tenanted properties that are falling behind with 15% using alternative heating methods.
This compares to just 5% in local authority homes and 6% in owner-occupied dwellings.
The decision to make condensing boilers mandatory for all new or replacement appliances is making a difference.
The report shows that in 2001 just 2% of domestic central heating systems were powered by condensing boilers, as opposed to 66% in 2017.
Key Findings – Ventilation:
2% of homes in England had issues with condensation and mould in 2017.
Seven percent of private rented dwellings, 6% of social housing and 2% of owner-occupied properties had issues with damp over the same period
Key Findings – Energy Efficiency:
The energy efficiency of English homes has increased considerably in the last 20 years, but has not increased since 2015.
Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) ratings used by the government to assess the energy and environmental performance of homes increased from 45 in 1996 to 62 in 2017, but the rate of chance has slowed over recent years and there has been no change in the average SAP ratings between 2016 and 2017.