EU House Building Laws Make People Ill

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

Have you noticed that modern houses have tiny windows? The residents must peek out through poky little portholes.

The tiny windows are, of course, a result of EU building laws. (When a rule or regulation is compulsory, and breaking it is punishable, then the rule or regulation should be called a law.)

The EU wants all modern houses to have small windows because less heat is lost.

Indeed, the eurocrats want us to knock down all our old houses – the solid Victorian ones, for example – because older houses have larger windows than is currently allowed.

None of the eurocrats seem to have noticed that older houses have much thicker walls than modern houses. And thicker walls keep in the heat. Modern houses seem to be made of cardboard and most will not be standing in two decades time – let alone 150 years’ time.

Nor do the eurocrats realise that when the windows are small, the residents of a house need to have the lights on a good deal.

I realise that lighting doesn’t take up as much energy as heating but there is another problem.

When rooms are dark and there is little natural light, the people who live in them tend to become depressed. The condition known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is now well recognised as a serious health problem in northern countries.

And that’s why the EU is (yet again) completely wrong.

The EU is trying to impose one set of building standards on the whole of the EU.

In hot countries such as Greece and Spain, it is not unreasonable to build houses with smaller windows. There is plenty of light.

But in cooler countries such as Britain, we need houses with much larger windows.

Maybe it would be a good idea if we left the EU and made our own laws.

Copyright Vernon Coleman 2018