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This report by Frontier Economics commissioned by the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG), sets out an Action Plan for a Buildings Energy Infrastructure Programme to improve the energy performance of the UK building stock, with a specific focus on housing. The aim of this report is to assist national and local policymakers in taking forward a coordinated, long term strategy for energy efficiency and low carbon heat in buildings which drives productivity and clean growth, improves energy security,
increases the likelihood of meeting carbon budgets cost effectively, and most importantly, provides quality, sustainable buildings that are cheaper to run.
From 2020: all new homes will be built to the Zero Carbon Homes standard to prevent homeowners and tenants being locked into unnecessarily high energy costs over the lifetime of the buildings.
By 2030: all the homes of low income households and all homes in the rented sector will be retrofitted to an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of C (on a scale from A to G) making an important contribution to reducing fuel poverty.
By 2035: all other homes will achieve a C rating maximising the economic and social benefits of meeting binding climate change targets in the most cost effective way.
The Programme would include the following key elements:
a revenue neutral adjustment to the Stamp Duty regime, which rewards a higher energy performance through a lower charge compared with a home with lower energy performance;