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Building an extension could become more expensive
« on: June 19, 2011, 01:09:17 pm »
New regulations are due to be approved which will require anyone making a "material change" to their property to make an investment in energy-efficiency improvements elsewhere in their home.
It is thought this would add around 10% to the cost of any extension or conservatory.
If the scheme goes ahead it is likely to take effect in 2013.
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Re: Building an extension could become more expensive
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2011, 10:47:57 am »
Probably a good time to do this as the cost could be added to the extension loan.
What would happen if no significant energy saving improvement could be made, say if a newer house was extended?


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Re: Building an extension could become more expensive
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2011, 05:47:04 pm »
This does seem like it could be a little hard to do.  If someone was to extend on a new home, there might not be ways to make the improvement to correspond with this.  What would be count as energy improvement?  Does it have to be structural, i.e. window replacement or adding insulation, or can it be upgrading appliances?  Could an upgraded washer and dryer possibly cut down on water and electric usage? This could be a way for homeowners to make energy improvements without a lot of work. 

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Re: Building an extension could become more expensive
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2011, 11:29:44 am »
I think it will have to be based on a percentage improvement.
Fitting energy saving light bulbs or a new more energy efficient cooker will probably not be enough.
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Re: Building an extension could become more expensive
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2011, 09:57:36 am »
Seems fair enough to me. 
Why not make some energy efficiency improvements at the same time you are having work done.

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Re: Building an extension could become more expensive
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2011, 09:59:52 am »
We have a sort of system now guys , albeit not compulsory.

Planners ( in some areas ) are now only approving projects if the building is eco homes compliant

Points are awarded for each eco thing you have and if the council insist on a level 3 ....you have to get the points

I inspected a house last week in Orpington and the builder forget to get the certificate ...clients moved in ...and planners said no you cant move in ...you have not met conditions of planning in not having enough points and not having a eco homes certificate

so its coming ...

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Re: Building an extension could become more expensive
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2011, 10:41:49 am »
We have a so called zero-carbon  eco-residential development near us that is going to even have electric points for charging electric cars,
and a few electric cars will even be provided for communal use! 
One thing I have noticed is that eco zero-carbon-neutral homes look horrible and will look even worse when the timber boarding goes grey and mouldy.

From 2016, under new Building Regulations, all new homes will be required to be zero-carbon. 
This will add around £43,000 to the cost of the average new home at today's prices.
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Re: Building an extension could become more expensive
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2011, 06:16:16 pm »
That's why we need the government to support the 5% Vat duty on small works
to encourage home improvements ..and help with implementing latest building regulations.

It's never going to happen though .....The Tories seem only to have a single track stretegy

I'm no lover of Labour ...but we do need some fresh thinking to get us out of the mess we are in ...in the building and construction and multitude of allied industries

there are solicitors in my area who cant afford to send the kids to public school this year!

and estate agents who can only afford a Porsche Boxter instead of a 911

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Re: Building an extension could become more expensive
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2011, 02:16:51 pm »
The property market and new homes provides about 25% of GDP so it makes economic sense to take any measures to kick start
new home building. The shortage of housing wont go away.

We all know what will happen if nothing is done:
solicitors wont be able to buy their kids school uniforms for state schools and estate agents will be taking the bus!
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