Green Building & Sustainable Development
Majority Of Public Say Yes To HIPS Despite Government Doubt
Despite the announcement by the Government to delay the introduction
of Home Information Packs (HIPs) until 1st August 2007, when they will
become compulsory for all houses with four or more bedrooms in the UK,
new research from Hyder Consulting reveals that the majority of UK
adults are in favour of the introduction of HIPs, with 51% claiming
that a property's energy efficiency rating is a key consideration
when purchasing a new home.
Support for HIPS appears strong across the entire country with people
in the East Midlands most in favour of their introduction with 60%
stating that a property's energy efficiency rating is important to
them, whilst those in Scotland are the least supportive with just
under a half (45%) believing the same.
The findings of the research show that more and more Britons are
becoming environmentally aware and are attempting to embrace the idea
of 'green living' with only 14% saying that they would not take the
energy efficiency rating into consideration when looking at a house or
Indeed, over three quarters of UK adults (78%) say that running costs
and energy efficiency are important when choosing one property over
another, with just 3% saying that it is not important at all.
Chris Evans, Head of Environmental Solutions at Hyder Consulting
commented: "The research shows that the choice to make our homes more
energy efficient will no longer be made on ethical grounds alone, but
financial as well. Clearly, property buyers are increasingly taking a
property's carbon footprint into account. The level of energy
efficiency within a property may be used as a bargaining tool by both
parties in negotiations.
"Once they have been fully introduced HIPs may prove to be a key
turning point in the push to make homes more sustainable. However we
must be aware that a sustainable home and lifestyle
does not stop with
HIPs. It is important that we all continue to do everything we can
from minimising our carbon footprint to recycling in order to help
save our planet."
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