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Gas boiler ban: New builds targeted in phase one of crackdown – the 15 key areas affected


Despite the economic strains of the pandemic, research has shown that 2021 saw the highest number of new build properties commissioned in the past 20 years across the UK – and with new-build homes at the forefront of the Government’s ban on gas boilers, it’s important to stay clued up on how it affects you. Express.co.uk spoke to the experts to reveal the most affected locations across the UK, so you don’t have to.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), gas boilers should no longer be sold from 2025 if the net-zero emissions target is going to be met.

With just four years to the target, there is immense pressure on The Government to move swiftly on the ban.

However, recent news has indicated that installation costs of renewable alternatives are causing potential delay to the target date.

Nevertheless, new build homes are becoming increasingly popular across the UK, making the gas boiler ban more relevant than ever to those thinking of purchasing a new property.

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Sussex ranked in the middle values of the 66 locations surveyed by HeatingForce.co.uk, with just 50 new builds in East Sussex and 57 in West Sussex.

Hampshire came in with just six new builds for sale and Cornwall had just four newly developed properties on the housing market.

While there are many benefits to living in newly built homes, the gas boiler ban means that these ‘new on the block’ buildings will be some of the first for greener energy as part of the Government’s net-zero emissions pledge – but this can also be considered beneficial.

HeatingForce.co.uk told Express.co.uk: “All new build properties adhere to the latest government regulations and are constructed with up-to-date technology and materials, making them more energy-efficient than older builds.

“In a study conducted by the Home Builders Federation it was found that new build buyers save an average of £629 per year on bills due to the more sufficient energy performance, making new builds better for the environment and your pocket.”

New build homes are:

  • Lower Maintenance – often covered under Government warranty against structural defects
  • Chain free – newly built homes do not have a buyer and seller link which cuts out some of the most frustrating elements of buying a home and makes for a quicker, more transparent process
  • Energy efficient – more well suited to renewable sources as they use energy more efficiently because of things like insulation and double glazing

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