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Unless climate-proof labelling is introduced in time, the buyers of the millions of new homes announced in this week’s Queens Speech will face unprecedented risk with their property investment according to climate change strategy experts Alexander Ballard Limited (ABL).

ABL says that house buyers need more guarantees that houses and other buildings have been adapted for climate impacts. They say their work with developers and public bodies suggests that few are taking the necessary steps to prepare for climate change. This means that homes being built today risk losing their value because they will not stand up to heavier rainfall, flooding, gale-force winds, excessive heat and other climate extremities forecast for coming decades.

Developers are not bound by building regulations or law to take these impacts into account so unsuspecting house buyers have no way of knowing whether their homes – and their house values – will stand up to the test of more...

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