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@roskav wrote:

I’m completely exasperated that our 1950’s house, with cavity walls, double glazing, 200mm of attic insulation has got a G rating. That’s the lowest you can get. I have no quibbles with the assessors .. they were meticulous. It’s just that if you live in a draughty barn with a tin roof there would be no incentive to upgrade your insulation or windows if you were using the rating system as your benchmark. What are the DOE at?

Have any others had similar experiences?



I was thinking about this today. It may prove helpful to use the analogy of the food industry in thinking about this. While you did receive a poor rating for sure, things may not be as bad as you think. There will be a lot of people out there for a long time to come who will opt to buy your house or not, based on a whole range of other criteria besides energy rating. Anyhow, as time moves on, retrofitting of dwellings to improve their rating will become an established industry like any other.

But getting back to my food industry analogy. Say, you are designing a new house. You know that if your new designed house gets a ‘D’ rating (provisional) it is not up to standard. In other words, the built realisation of your design should not be put on to the housing market. No more than infected meat produce should be put on super market shelves. As fuel prices rise, the unknown is much more worrying to people than the known. If people know that a house comes with an energy rating, even if it is a ‘G’ rating, they know they can opt to buy the house and invest in energy retro-fitting. I would imagine you chose the house you bought for a range of factors besides its energy performance. Those other factors will always remain intact and appeal to the future customer also.

But what would really destroy the price of house properties for everyoned across the board, is when the market worries it doesn’t know which is which. Then people who cannot afford the energy retrofit afterwards, do not know what to buy. When that happens, the whole lot of housing stock prices fall to the floor. Owing to the sheer uncertainty of the whole thing. So giving houses an energy rating, even a poor one, in other words, helps to stabilise the market. It converts an unknown into a known. The energy rating is a form of indirect green taxation of course, which you pay at the point where you dispose of the property on the market.

You either upgrade the property yourself before you dispose of it, if you have the money available. Or you take the small hit when you sell it to someone else. In total, everyone is paying a small contribution towards the Kyoto protocol or whatever it is. Everyone lives in a house or apartment so everyone ends up contributing towards the taxation. But I think, it is a taxation with good aspects to it. Although people do not see it as such today. The fact the energy rating scheme is in place will help ensure that the overwhelming bulk of the value of your asset will remain intact for years to come. Buyers will be better informed and therefore more confident. There will always be a buyer out there, who will want to buy Ros’s house and add some value by doing the energy retrofit themselves.

Brian O’ Hanlon

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