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NHBC did not oppose energy rating change

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According to your news piece 'Energy regulations to be rev iewed w ith Part L' (AJ 19.2.98), Nick Raynsford MP accused the NHBC of adopting 'entrenched opposition to change' at the last review of Part L four years ago.

I should like to put the record straight. In April 1993, the NHBC's reply to the consultation gave full support to the question of energy rating. It also provided a closely worked, 27-page response which put forward a number of constructive suggestions for improvement to the proposals.

The NHBC did, however, put forward criticisms of the circular drafted in May 1995. These criticisms were based purely on what we considered to be impractical, bureaucratic certification procedures and notification processes. In no way did the NHBC suggest any opposition to the question of energy rating per se. I should like to stress that the NHBC considers energy efficiency to be a matter of great significance to the house-building industry. The NHBC has been promoting energy efficiency since 1995 and has become the market leader in providing energyrating certificates for house builders, housing associations, designers and professional advisers across the UK.

In respect of the remarks you attributed to Nick Raynsford regarding the 'entrenched opposition' to previous amendments to Part L, I think you will find that the minister was not referring to the NHBC but to another organisation.

I hope this clarifies the NHBC's position.

CHRISTOPHER MILLS Director, Technical Services NHBC, Amersham, Bucks

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