Public pressure is an important element in developing more environmentally-friendly housing in the UK market, an expert has claimed.

Gordon Miller, founder editor of whatgreenhome.com, said that government legislation will ensure that market change does take place.

However, he declared that pressure from the UK public would be more influential in making housebuilders "change more willingly", because "the pound signs would be more apparent".

The government's consultation in 2006 planned to improve energy efficiency by 25 per cent for all new homes in 2010, and by 100 per cent by 2016.

But Mr Miller claimed that the current economic climate was not conducive to achieving such targets.

"Few of the public are going to spend money on non-essential items. Home-and-energy efficiency are seen by the vast majority of people as a non-essential,"he said.

According to housing figures revealed by the UK Statistics Authority, the average energy-efficiency rating for housing stock has risen since in recent times.

Seven per cent of houses were in the more energy-efficient bands A-C in 2006, compared with only two per cent in 1996.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18938566-ADNFCR

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