The green deal initiative to be launched in 2012 will
tackle energy inefficiency in Britain's homes and businesses. The focus
will be on home improvements in energy efficiency and a reduction of
carbon emissions to meet EU and UK Government targets. Domestic homes
and commercial companies will benefit from energy saving improvement
grants such as loft and cavity wall insulation, improved heating controls
and gas boiler appliances. External solid wall insulation or possibly
internal wall dry lining. There is also a likelihood that renewable
energy options may be considered under the proposals, this could include
solar panels (PV Photovoltaic systems) and solar hot water heating.
Domestic professional property landlords can look
forward to seeing solid returns from their investments in 2011.The state
of the housing market is pushing increasing numbers of people into renting
while supply remains tight. Those who might otherwise purchase are finding
mortgages still difficult to get hold of – and the average age
of the first-time buyer continues to get higher. Potential buyers are
therefore renting while they wait for the right opportunity to purchase.
Government legislation now states that all buildings
which are not dwellings require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
on construction, sale or let. The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
gives home owners, tenants and buyers information on the energy efficiency
of their property. It gives the building a standard energy and carbon
emission efficiency grade from A to G, where A is the most efficient
and outlines how energy performance could be improved.