Home Energy Conservation Act 1995

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1995 c. 10

Home Energy Conservation Act1995

1995 CHAPTER 10

An Act to make provision for the drawing up of local energy conservation reports in relation to residential accommodation; to give the Secretary of State functions in connection therewith; and for related purposes.

[28th June 1995]

B E IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Interpretation.

1 Interpretation.

(1) In this Act—

‘energy conservation authority’ means—

(a) in England and Wales, a local housing authority within the meaning of the Housing Act 1985 ,

(b) in Scotland, a local authority within the meaning of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 , and

(c) in Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive;

‘energy conservation measures’ includes information, advice, education, promotion, making grants and loans and carrying out works;

‘residential accommodation’ means—

(a) premises occupied or intended to be occupied as a separate dwelling and forming the whole or part of a building, or

(b) a mobile home, that is—

(i)in England and Wales or Scotland, a caravan within the meaning of Part I of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960(disregardingthe amendment made by section 13(2) of the Caravan Sites Act 1968) which is a dwelling for the purposes of Part I or II of the Local Government Finance Act 1992,
(ii)in Northern Ireland, a caravan within the meaning of the Caravans Act (Northern Ireland) 1963which is a dwelling-house for the purposes of the Rates (Northern Ireland) Order 1977.

(2) Any reference in this Act to the area of an energy conservation authority is—

(a) in the case of a local housing authority in England and Wales, to the area of that authority within the meaning of the Housing Act 1985 ,

(b) in the case of a local authority in Scotland, to the area of that authority, and

(c) in the case of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, to Northern Ireland.

S-2 Energy conservation reports.

2 Energy conservation reports.

(1) It shall be the duty of every energy conservation authority to prepare a report in accordance with this section.

(2) The report shall set out energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area.

(3) The report shall include—

(a) an assessment of the cost of the energy conservation measures set out in it;

(b) an assessment of the extent to which carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere would be decreased as a result of those measures; and

(c) a statement of any policy of the authority for taking into account, in deciding whether to exercise any power in connection with those measures, the personal circumstances of any person.

Nothing in this subsection shall be taken as requiring the authority to set out in the report energy conservation measures to be taken in relation to any particular dwelling or building.

(4) The report may, if the energy conservation authority considers it desirable, include—

(a) an assessment of the extent of decreases in emissions into the atmosphere of oxides of nitrogen and sulphur dioxide which would result from the implementation of the measures set out in the report;

(b) an assessment of the number of jobs which would result from the implementation of those measures;

(c) an assessment of the average savings in fuel bills and in kilowatt hours of fuel used that might be expected to result from the measures by different types of household in different types of accommodation;

(d) such other matters as it considers appropriate.

(5) An energy conservation authority may in preparing the report consult such persons as it considers appropriate.

(6) When an energy conservation authority has prepared a report in accordance with this section, it shall publish it and send a copy to the Secretary of State.

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