The Tory intention to scrap Home Information Packs will cost consumers more than £300 million a year and will delay the EU directive on Energy performance, it was claimed yesterday.
The EU directive states that by 2009, every house that goes on the market must have an Energy Performance Certificate and the cost of producing one as a stand alone report will be around £250, set to be passed directly onto the vendor at the time of sale.
HIPs become mandatory on June 1, 2007.
Mike Ockenden, director general of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers, said HIPS would include the required EPC - outlining the energy costs involved in running a proper-ty, and making suggestions to reduce emissions and costs.
The report would be compiled by a qualified Home Inspector as part of the Home Condition Report and as a result, the cost of producing the EPC equated to less than £50 per home.
He charged: "David Cameron is prepared to concrete his lawn and put a windmill on his London house, but when it comes to serious environmental issues he fails to take action. HIPs will introduce the Energy Performance Certificate next year, two years ahead of the mandatory 2009.
"Cameron appears keen to disregard these packs, failing to alert consumers to the true advantages of HIPs and delaying the introduction of the EPC until he is forced to introduce this in 2009 - this is in stark contrast to his supposed 'green' campaign.
"By including the Energy Performance Certificate in the pack consumers will save in the region of £200 for every certificate produced. Even in a slow year for home sales that equates to over £200 million per annum.
"What puzzles me is that despite the continuous claims from David Cameron that his party has a strong environ-mental focus he is refusing to support the introduction of HIPs which serve the green agenda so well. Home Information packs will not only reduce the number of failed transactions, they will speed up the process, save consumers money and encourage energy efficiency. Why the Tories do not seem to under-stand this is beyond me."
Critics claim the opposite, saying they will not speed things up or have much impression on failed transactions because sales break down for other reasons.