The UK’s largest energy companies pay out billions to their shareholders, while many families and businesses continue to suffer under the weight of mounting energy bills.
The advantages of living in the countryside have long tempted city dwellers to quit the concrete jungle for the rural ideal, but does the good life come at a premium?
Research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has revealed that over a third of landlords aren’t aware of the energy performance of their properties.
The recent Dale Farm debate has highlighted the impact of the UK’s planning laws and the rights and wrongs of protecting the green belt countryside in favour of providing enough dwelling space for UK inhabitants.
At present the sustainability of property isn’t considered to have a bearing on its worth, however a report out this week from Royal Institute of Chartered Surveys claims that strong sustainability features should have a positive impact on a home’s value. This indicates that, over time, sustainable properties could appreciate more in value than their non sustainable counterparts. So what exactly is a sustainable property?