Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Gazumping and Climate Change

Yes, there is a connection - read about it here if you like, but at the end of the report you will probably not be much the wiser unless your name is Ruth Kelly.

The Home Information Pack (HIP) was touted ten years ago as the ideal remedy to stop "gazumping". Now it is the way forward in the fight against global warming, supposedly insuring that home buyers know just how energy efficient the property of their dreams may be.

Whatever you may think about the HIP concept, the change of the UK Government's tack towards implementing what is yet another financial burden on home ownership is nothing short of hypocritical.

(As an aside, the once socialist Labour Party states that large houses are less energy efficient than small houses. This is basically not true if the large house is simply a larger form of the same shape as a smaller house. Heat loss from a warm body (i.e. house) is dependant upon the ratio of its surface area to its volume. Small children and toy dogs both run the risk of hypothermia before their larger counterparts simply because the body mass is small compared to the surface area. The same applies to heat loss from buildings. End of lesson in basic science for politicians.)

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