It’s a greener day in Britain. For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, Britain is obtaining more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels. The electricity sector has been the first to make the plunge by producing energy from zero and low-carbon sources. As reported by the National Grid, this milestone has been passed for the first five months of 2019.
Our world is becoming increasingly sustainability-focused – and with good reason. The effort to eliminate waste and ensure environmental safety is felt throughout most corners of London whether it’s being rewarded with a free cup of coffee if you bring your own thermos or chewing down the soft remains of your straw in a gin and tonic.
This poses an interesting question for the housing market: how are landlords going to tackle creating sustainable focused homes for a growing conscientious market?
Earlier this year, the Committee on Climate Change’s published the report: UK Housing: Fit for Future? The report concluded that UK homes are not fit for the future, making a wide call for action across a range of areas. The report revealed that houses in the UK are some of the least well insulated in western Europe, with too much heat escaping from windows, floors, roofs, and walls.
The Committee on Climate Change encourages a major program to revamp the 29 million existing homes and build new homes to a much higher environmental standard, matched by a commitment to greater government action and funding.
There are several measures by which landlords can ensure that their homes fit the bill when facing the challenges of climate change. It doesn’t require much effort to create a draught-proof home, or input high water-efficient devices such as low-flower showers and taps, insulated tanks and hot water thermostats. In some instances, landlords might have to go the extra distance when it comes to implementing insulation in lofts and walls. Other ways to make homes sustainable include high energy-efficient appliances, making homes flood resilient and resistant and low-carbon heating. At the very least, planting more trees or creating garden space in the surrounding area will still make an impact.
Every little bit helps, and the modern-day occupier would be more inclined to live in a home that believes in wellbeing.
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