Green issues influencing home buyers, says expert

03 October 2007
Home information packs (Hips) have helped to raise green issues with home buyers, it has been claimed,

Robin Hood-Leeder, director of membership services at the Federation of Master Builders, said the energy rating of a property is becoming an increasingly important factor when selling a property.

Claiming that there has been a "shift" in attitude among the public, Mr Hood-Leeder suggested that the introduction of Hips has led to more people looking at the energy efficiency of a property.

"Adding double glazing and improving the heating system you have, perhaps with a new boiler, can produce a measurable benefit, which you can - particularly through the Hips - pass on to potential buyers," he commented.

Hips were made compulsory for the selling of three-bedroom properties on September 10th 2007.

The packs are required to contain energy performance certificates to show how energy efficient the property is and its impact upon the environment.

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