Reduce minimum temprature requirements in shops, offices schools etc

Shops, offices, schools and any public buildings are always heated to a level that means the occupants are uncomfortable in anythig other than the lightest clothing. The minimum temprature requirement should either be abolished or at least reduced (and enforced).

Why is this idea important?

Shops, offices, schools and any public buildings are always heated to a level that means the occupants are uncomfortable in anythig other than the lightest clothing. The minimum temprature requirement should either be abolished or at least reduced (and enforced).

Car daytime running lights

Stop the forced imposition of daytime running lights on motorists.

From 2011 all new vehicles must come with daytime running lights.  Although I can see the merits for Scandinavian countries for safety purposes, for the UK this is completely unnecessary and will only increase the fuel consumption.  At a time when we are all trying to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce wasteful energy use, how does this help?

Why is this idea important?

Stop the forced imposition of daytime running lights on motorists.

From 2011 all new vehicles must come with daytime running lights.  Although I can see the merits for Scandinavian countries for safety purposes, for the UK this is completely unnecessary and will only increase the fuel consumption.  At a time when we are all trying to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce wasteful energy use, how does this help?

Change Building Regulations energy efficiency requirements (Part L) to allow exposed stone walls again

Change Building Regulations energy efficiency requirements (Part L) to allow exposed stone walls again.  The building regulations used to allow the energy efficiency of a bulding project to be calculated for the whole building, i.e. allow some parts of the building to be very well insulated and others remain relatively light.  The latest part L requires each individual element to be complient.  This does not allow buildings that go through the planning system to design or retain exposed inside and outside stone walls.

Why is this idea important?

Change Building Regulations energy efficiency requirements (Part L) to allow exposed stone walls again.  The building regulations used to allow the energy efficiency of a bulding project to be calculated for the whole building, i.e. allow some parts of the building to be very well insulated and others remain relatively light.  The latest part L requires each individual element to be complient.  This does not allow buildings that go through the planning system to design or retain exposed inside and outside stone walls.

Energy performance certificates where landlords pay bills

I agree that energy performance certificates are useful for tenants who pay their bills on properties, but I think it is ridiculous that this is a requirement for Landlords where the property is a short let and the landlord pays the bills. It is pointless, as it is not achieving anything, and just adding an extra cost onto what is a costly process, when the gas, electricity and other checks and fees have been paid for.

Why is this idea important?

I agree that energy performance certificates are useful for tenants who pay their bills on properties, but I think it is ridiculous that this is a requirement for Landlords where the property is a short let and the landlord pays the bills. It is pointless, as it is not achieving anything, and just adding an extra cost onto what is a costly process, when the gas, electricity and other checks and fees have been paid for.

Remove restrictions on Listed Buildings

Too many houses have been include on the Listed Building register because Local Authorities were told they would get money to provide grants. This is now not the case (in fact it only realistically lasted a few years from 1974). However, the restrictions on a vast swathe of domestic houses are preventing sustainable development. Remove all lower grade residental buildings from to Listed Building register – retain Planning Permission/Development Control requirements but stop the hamstringing of people who want to sensitively develop there house to accommodate changing needs and community resources simply becasie the building was listed for often spurious reasons.

This will also allow Local authorities to save more money in Conservation officers, planning personnel time and expense in general admin and in defending the many appeals etc.

Why is this idea important?

Too many houses have been include on the Listed Building register because Local Authorities were told they would get money to provide grants. This is now not the case (in fact it only realistically lasted a few years from 1974). However, the restrictions on a vast swathe of domestic houses are preventing sustainable development. Remove all lower grade residental buildings from to Listed Building register – retain Planning Permission/Development Control requirements but stop the hamstringing of people who want to sensitively develop there house to accommodate changing needs and community resources simply becasie the building was listed for often spurious reasons.

This will also allow Local authorities to save more money in Conservation officers, planning personnel time and expense in general admin and in defending the many appeals etc.

Make energy efficiency targets apply to listed buildings

The property owner has a greater duty to fulfil his or her environmental duties than to protect the historic nature of the building.

This includes the right of the property owner to any reasonable measures to improve on the current Energy Performance Certificate of a Grade II listed building.

Why is this idea important?

The property owner has a greater duty to fulfil his or her environmental duties than to protect the historic nature of the building.

This includes the right of the property owner to any reasonable measures to improve on the current Energy Performance Certificate of a Grade II listed building.