HIPs are dead ?
But the energy certifcate is being kept.
So the energy assessors will not all lose their jobs. I'm of mixed
opinion, since I have a friend who has a business based on energy
Yes. While energy assessment is a good idea in principle, there's a big
difference between, yes, house has DG, good - <tick!>, and does house
have *effective* DG?
You really need to measure things under adverse conditions, such as a
howling north wind at -5C, such as we had last winter. This showed:
1) no sealing around where soil pipe exited bathroom
2) bathroom ceiling fan fixture allows air to be blown back in when fan
3) various DG windows leaking air inwards
None obvious to the box-ticker, but all contributing to piss-poor
energy-efficiency of house.
"That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed,
The housing minister was interviewed on You and Yours (Radio 4, just
after midday). I only caught the end of it, but they are planning on
using the EPC for some future legislation relating to carrying forward
cost of energy saving measures over long payback periods.
EU never required the EPC. It merely required governments to gather
some overall statistics on the energy efficiency of the housing stock.
This could be based on the sampled surveys local authorities have to
do anyway. However, it was converted into gold plated bollocks in this
country, as is very often the case.
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Only the media (who are bored and/or too lazy to do some proper
investigative journalism somewhere else) claim that.
I don't expect the first coalition for decades to be an easy ride, but I
will be quite pleased if they can make it work as it will be a new age
of politics, possibly for the better.
Although I *do* wonder what Cameron thinks he's doing with the 1922
Committee. he's got enough *real* problems without creating more.
What will be better? The incompetent Tories are still in charge. Will we
have PR? Er, er, no. What we needs is:
* PR introduced at Westminster - although to their credit Labour introduced
* House of Lords fully democratic using PR - although to their credit Labour
started the process
* Impose a limit or equal election budgets - the Tories had more
than the Lib Dems and Labour combined. The election was not fair.
* Prevent foreign companies owning UK media - the USA will not
have this at all in the US.
* Oxbridge prevented from ruling the corridors of power in government,
military, judiciary, etc - we do not have a meritocracy despite having 99
universities, ruled by an elite privileged private school clique as the
recent cabinet proved.
* Attack the landed aristocracy who own most of the UKs land -
Land Valuation Tax, a Lib Dem favourite, would have sorted them out,
naturally redistributed land and evened out the wealth in the UK.
* Revamp the appalling planning system - only 7.5% of the land is settled.
I can't see any of that done above by the self-interest Tories.
For fuck's sake js.b1 - will you PLEASE not cut out all of the message(s)
that you're replying to. Cutting superfluous text is good netiquette but
someone coming along later needs SOME form of context for your postings to
make sense. You're taking the time and effort to sit at the keyboard and
type, so presumably you want someone to read what you're saying. Please make
it easier for us to do so.
But due to the vagaries of NNTP servers and/or OE, sometimes messages go
missing. It's not rocket science to leave in pertinent content of previous
messagesd when replying - it's even considered 'good practice' and 'good
netiquette' but js.b1 NEVER does it.
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