Home energy conservation strategy
The statutory underpinning of local government home energy activity came mainly from the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (HECA). HECA formed Energy Conservation Authorities from all local authorities with a housing responsibility. Energy Conservation Authorities had to prepare and publish an annual report setting out the improvement in the energy efficiency of the District’s housing stock over the previous twelve months and the subsequent reduction in carbon emissions.
HECA has diminished in importance in recent years, but local authorities had to submit a new report by the end of March 2017 to coincide with the Energy Conservation Obligation (ECO). ECOt ‘Flex’ This will have a more flexible focus on private dwellings in which residents qualify as fuel poor, over the next 18 months.
Data will be important in targeting resources under ECOt; Cotswold District Council hopes to be aided by its Housing Condition Survey. The survey considers the occurrence of common hazards in the District’s private housing and the impact on residents’ health costs, reviewing this as a base line for consequential improvements.
HECA further report 2017
Cotswold District Council’s latest HECA Report is available by downloading. This sets out the relevant emissions performance for housing in the District and the way the Council is working with partners to improve on this position.