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Domestic Properties (Minimum Energy Performance) Bill

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to ensure that domestic properties have a minimum energy performance rating of C on an Energy Performance Certificate; and for connected purposes.

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Require the Secretary of State to ensure that domestic properties have a minimum energy performance rating of C on an Energy Performance Certificate; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Duties of Secretary of State

(1) The Secretary of State must ensure by 2030 that all domestic properties occupied by persons in fuel poverty have a minimum energy performance rating of C on an Energy Performance Certificate.

(2) The Secretary of State must, subject to subsection (3), ensure by 2035 that all other domestic properties have a minimum energy performance rating of C on an Energy Performance Certificate.

(3) The duty in subsection (2) applies only if—

(a) it is practical, cost-effective and affordable to carry out the necessary works to the relevant property, and

(b) the occupant of the property does not refuse to have such works carried out.

(4) The Secretary of State must, within 12 months of the passing of this Act, lay a report before Parliament setting out how the duties in subsections (1) and (2) will be met.

(5) The report under subsection (4) must consider ways in which new and innovative carbon saving technologies can assist with achieving the duties specified in subsections (1) and (2).

(6) The Secretary of State must consult the Scottish Ministers, the Welsh Ministers and the relevant Northern Ireland department before preparing the report under subsection (4).

(7) The Secretary of State must have the agreement of the Scottish Ministers, the Welsh Ministers and the relevant Northern Ireland department before taking

actions relating to devolved matters in pursuance of the duties in subsections (1) and (2).

2 Interpretation

In this Act—

  • “devolved matters” means matters within the legislative competence of—

    (a)

    the Scottish Parliament,

    (b)

    the Welsh Assembly, or

    (c)

    the Northern Ireland Assembly.

  • “Energy Performance Certificate” has the meaning given by section 43 of the Energy Act 2011, and

  • “fuel poverty” has the meaning given by section 1 of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000.

3 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Domestic Properties (Minimum Energy Performance) Act 2018.

(2) This Act comes into force on the day on which it receives Royal Assent.

(3) This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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