More Britons are opting for energy-efficient improvements to their properties, according to a home renovation publication.

Jason Orme, editor of Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine, said homeowners are looking to meet green building regulations and improve insulation in their properties.

"People want to be sure that their house is going to be future proof not just from a building regulations point of view but also in terms of their sustainability,"he said.

Mr Orme's comments indicate the growing attention being paid to the energy efficiency of properties amid concerns about the impact of climate change and the rising cost of utility bills in recent years.

In the private rented sector it is no different, as the introduction of energy performance certificates last October means tenants can now compare landlord properties on their environmental qualities, and assess which homes could offer them the lowest fuel bills.

John Heron, managing director of Paragon Mortgages, last week urged private landlords to consider investing in green property improvements, such as draught proofing and cavity wall insulation, by using tax break opportunities provided by the government's Landlord Energy Saving Allowance.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19030822-ADNFCR

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