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Stop funding ‘hothouse’ modular homes, MPs tell government

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The government should stop funding the construction of modular homes, as they are not ’resilient to heatwaves’, according to a group of MPs

Long periods of hot weather will be the new normal for UK summers as a result of climate change, according to a report by the Environmental Audit Committee.

The MPs on the committee, which was looking at how the nation should respond to prolonged heatwaves, point to a Met Office warning that UK summer temperatures could regularly reach 38.5C by 2040.

The government is currently funding the delivery of offsite homes through its £3 billion Home Building Fund but the report called for an end to its support. 

’Modular homes are not resilient to heatwaves, and should not receive support from the government,’ it said, adding: ‘The government should stop directing financial support to modular housing from its Home Building Fund.’

According to the ‘Heatwaves: adapting to climate change’ report, there is also currently no regulation to prevent overheating in buildings and the tests used to identify overheating are weak.

The MPs raised concerns that the ’urban heat island’ effect – whereby cities can be up to 10°C hotter than the countryside because hard surfaces absorb heat – is not referred to in the National Planning Policy Framework.

It revealed that single-aspect flats and houses built in the 1960s and 1970s could be at significant risk of overheating. 

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  • There’s no rigor to the MPs claims or to the journalism here. Very poor, misleading and without balance. Click bait?

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