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MHCLG figures show increase in energy efficient homes

The majority of new homes in England are in the most energy efficient bands, according to latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

In the last quarter, 84% of new homes across the country were given an energy rating of A or B, compared to 79% in the previous quarter.

Statistics also show that 392,000 domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were lodged in England, an increase of 10% from the same quarter in 2019.

EPCs are mandatory for all domestic buildings and provide new home owners with an indicator on how energy efficient their property is and how they can save on costs.

The UK Government said that the figures highlight their continued work during the Covid-19 pandemic to keep the housing market open and increase the number of energy efficient homes.

Commenting, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick said: “This government has gone to great lengths to support homebuilding over the past year by keeping the industry open and operating safely during the pandemic, alongside stimulating the market through the stamp duty holiday and a huge £12bn investment in affordable homes.

“These latest statistics show the sector remains healthy.

“Building back greener and delivering quality energy efficient homes is a priority for this government and these figures highlight our commitment to helping keep household bills low for people, while looking towards a more sustainable future.”

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