Over half of Waltham Forest’s homes have poor energy efficiency

Government figures reveal that 55% of households in the borough were living in a house rated ‘D’ or lower as of March this year

Over a half of Waltham Forest homes have been handed an energy efficiency rating of ‘D’ or below.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 55% of households in the borough were living in a house rated ‘D’ or lower as of March. The figures only reflect homes that have received ratings in the past decade.

Called an Energy Performance of Buildings Certificate (EPC), buildings and houses are ranked from A+ to G (or A to G in the case of a building that is a dwelling), where A+ is very efficient and G is the least efficient.

The ONS report revealed dwellings in England have an average rating of D, with a score of 68. D ratings are given to buildings that score between 55 to 68. A score of 69-80 translates to a C rating, 81-91 equals a B rating, and 92 plus garners an A rating.

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The median energy efficiency rating in London homes was 69, which ranks as a C rating. 41% of Waltham Forest homes have an energy efficiency rating of C or above, which compares to 74% of homes in Tower Hamlets, and 52% of homes in Newham.

The report also reveals that 80% of dwellings before 1930 in England and in Wales, more than 80% were rated in bands D to G.

According to a report in 2019 published by Waltham Forest Council, 70% of the borough’s 107,216 homes pre-date 1944.

The council has said it is investing over £50million in “specific energy projects” as part of the council climate emergency for a zero-carbon future which includes wall, roof, and floor insulation, air pumps, and solar PV panels.

The council’s aim is for all of its social housing to have an EPC rated B by 2030, which it says is in line with London Council’s targets.

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