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Promoting energy efficiency in the private rented sector

Sara J. Wilkinson (School of Environment and Development, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
Christopher Goodacre (School of Environment and Development, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)

Property Management

ISSN: 0263-7472

Article publication date: 1 March 2002

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Abstract

The English House Condition Survey for 1991 demonstrated that levels of energy efficiency in private rented property are significantly below other sectors, even though energy improvements have tangible benefits for landlords. The low level of energy efficiency provision in the private rented sector indicates that landlords are unaware or unconvinced of these benefits and market barriers may have restricted uptake. Information regarding energy efficiency advice to the private rented HMO sector has focussed on offering good practice design guidance, and information about the level of fitness and overall characteristics of the sector. This research project evaluated the PRESS scheme, which encouraged landlords to introduce energy efficiency measures. A total of 78 private sector rented properties in Sheffield were analysed with retrofit measures to improve levels of energy efficiency. The results demonstrate that whilst market barriers exist, the PRESS scheme went some way to overcoming some barriers to energy efficiency.

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Wilkinson, S.J. and Goodacre, C. (2002), "Promoting energy efficiency in the private rented sector", Property Management, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 49-63. https://doi.org/10.1108/02637470210418960

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