Homes failing to meet modern insulation standards

More than half of properties across England and Wales are failing to meet modern insulation standards.
The figures, based on Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) statistics held by property data platform Sprift, and analysed by energy company EDF have been revealed amid growing concern about the rise of gas and electricity bills.
The analysis on 21.8million EPCs found a third of properties (6.3 million) only meet insulation standards of 1972 Building Regulations and a further 6 million only meet regulatory insulation criteria of 1976.
Since that date, new rules have been introduced on how much heat loss is permitted from residential properties.
The study analysed the current levels of home insulation (including floor, roof, window and wall insulation) against building regulations of homes across different time periods to calculate the nation’s ‘home insulation age’.
Poor insulation results in more energy being used to heat a home which pushes up already high energy bills.
This has a knock on effect when it comes to selling a property. A survey conducted by EDF to support the study revealed that out of 2,000 homeowners, 68% said energy performance ratings were an important factor in their decision making when it came to buying a home.
It also showed that despite the average household living with insulation standards dating back at least 46 years, only a third of respondents (37%) had ever updated their insulation, in stark contrast to consumers updating their phones, TVs and cars more regularly.
A quarter of those surveyed said they had not updated their insulation as it was too expensive to install.
Sheldon Bosley Knight’s head of residential sales, James Morton said: “As energy prices continue to rise, insulation is a key consideration as a way to help cut those bills.
“Some energy companies are offering assistance in the form of grants to qualifying householders. ‘Which?’ has some very useful advice on its website about the different types of insulation available and who is eligible for financial aid.”