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The Champion l Wednesday 15 May 2019

Ex-firefighter wants all new homes fitted with solar panels and sprinklers as standard saving. But this must now be extended to solar energy saving. We have the technology to do this, so why are we not doing it?” He added: “Also, being a retired fire fighter, I cannot understand why fire suppression systems are not being fitted to new builds as standard. “The fitting of fire suppression Report by Kenny Parker has massive benefits. it attacks the fire immediately, thus allowing speedy escape for the A FORMER firefighter from occupants and less fire damage. Melling has slammed developers “We are in the 21st century, yet Malcolm Swann. for not fitting solar panels and we still rely on smoke alarms, sprinkler systems in new homes. which are efficient at alerting occupants, but do not Malcolm Swann, who used to serve in the fire ser- attack the fire itself.” vice, says this would save energy and help protect A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Although homes and people from fire, but says too many there is currently no statutory requirement for developers are only interested in profit. schemes to require the installation of solar panels Mr Swan told the Champion: “In recent years in new developments, Policy EQ7 of the Sefton many properties have been built in Sefton and Local Plan does state that developers should incornone with solar panels as standard. porate energy efficient and low carbon designs “Installing solar panels during construction can measures into schemes. reduce the homeowners’ electricity costs by over a “This could include solar panels but it is really up third and with storage they can halve electricity to the developer to choose what option works best bills. on their scheme. “House builders and developers should be the “The provision of solar panels, or any other type pioneers in pushing these energy saving methods. of micro energy generation, in new-build dwellings “Instead, they sit on their hands and shrug their is not a requirement under the current English shoulders, and say, ‘Nothing to do with us guv.’ Building Regulations. “Surely it is now time for massive change in “Additionally, fire suppression systems are also energy saving. not a requirement under the current English Build“New houses may be better insulated and there ing Regulations, although they can be fitted as a are more efficient windows which add to energy compensatory measure.”

‘House builders should be pioneers in energy efficiency and fire safety but most put profit first’

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