"It’s positive to see two-thirds of all those polled saying a mortgage product with rates based on EPC ratings would be an appealing part of the overall product mix."
Foundation Home Loans asked a number of questions focused on the energy efficiencies of existing housing stock, what it would take to get homeowners to make improvements, and whether green mortgages might have an appeal for those making such improvements or buying higher-rated properties.
The focus on the potential allure of green mortgages, with more competitive rates for properties with a better EPC rating, appears to be growing with homeowners now inclined to improve the energy efficiency rating of their home, particularly if such improvements might pay for themselves within a period of time.
48% of homeowners and prospective homeowners would consider improving the energy efficiency rating of their property in order to access a better mortgage product, if it paid for itself in five years. 5% said they would make green improvements to their property if it paid for itself in 15 years and 24% said they plan to improve their property’s energy performance regardless.
George Gee, commercial director at Foundation Home Loans, said: “There’s no doubting we’re going to be seeing a much greater Government focus on the UK’s housing stock, how its energy efficiency ratings can be improved, and how that might help the UK meet its carbon emission targets.
“To that end, there appears to be a far greater appreciation of energy efficiency within the home from individuals, and it’s positive to see two-thirds of all those polled saying a mortgage product with rates based on EPC ratings would be an appealing part of the overall product mix.
“At the same time, with such incentives in place, more people are likely to consider improving the energy efficiency of their properties and it’s therefore important we have product availability that can support those improvements, whether for owner-occupiers or landlords.
“Our range of Green ABC products has been designed to support those who are either wanting to improve their existing property or are purchasing investment properties that meet the very highest ratings. As an industry, we need to continue to keep this front and centre, and ensure we can offer advisers and their clients these ‘Green’ options, which can provide a significant cost-saving for borrowers.”