Hips cause concerns for English Heritage

| August 6, 2007 | 0 Comments

Home Information Packs (Hips), which were introduced at the beginning of August for properties with over four bedrooms, have come to the attention of English Heritage, the historic building conservation group.

It believes that the introduction of the packs, under the Housing Act 2004, could lead vendors to destroy the character of traditional homes.

According to English Heritage, large numbers of people who own older buildings could make changes to improve carbon emissions and score well on the Energy Performance Certificate, which will soon form part of the information pack.

This rates efficiency from A (excellent) to G (poor) and English Heritage believes that properties built before 1919 will be rated as poor because energy inspectors will assume that they are less energy efficient than modern buildings.

Owners of older property may feel pressed to carry out improvement that could not only spoil the character of their homes but also cause problems such as damp.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is also wary of the introduction of the Energy Performance Certificate, particularly as the government’s own independent regulation watchdog, The Better Regulation Commission, has recently suggested that the ‘greening’ of the Hip in this way has led to poor regulatory proposals and insufficient consultation and scrutiny.

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