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Housing Energy Efficiency

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:54 am on 30th March 2000.

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Photo of Nora Radcliffe Nora Radcliffe Liberal Democrat 11:54 am, 30th March 2000

The trouble with houses is that, by and large, the architects who design them and the developers who build them do not have to live in them or pay to heat them. If we want more energy-efficient housing, we must force, persuade or encourage architects and builders to think more about energy efficiency. National home energy ratings being made routinely available should help to focus minds and hearts on energy efficiency. Potential buyers are given a measure of how relatively expensive to heat their new home will be—a factor that has not been readily available hitherto.