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This call for evidence will run from 21 July to the 30 September 2014.
In this call for evidence, we want to hear from a wide range of organisations involved with Park Homes, particularly those who can provide DECC with evidence on:
- the nature of Park Homes in the UK
- energy supply and use in Park Homes
- energy efficiency measures and their application to Park Homes
DECC has introduced a number of policies to help consumers improve the efficiency of their homes, help mitigate the impact of fuel poverty and take advantage of low carbon electricity and heat from renewables. However, it is clear in some cases that those living in Park Homes have faced particular technical and financial challenges in taking advantage of these schemes.
In trying to include Park Homes in these policies, a key obstacle has been that the evidence we have is limited in terms of coverage and largely out of date. The existing studies on park home residents only give us a broad sense of who they are, but provide little more than anecdotal evidence in relation to the thermal efficiency of their dwellings or their energy use preferences. Further, the confidence we can have in this evidence is weakened by the fact that little research has been conducted in recent years – all the sources we are aware of are between 3 and 12 years old.