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New Targets for Green Building Revolution

Housing Minister Chris Pincher has announced that all homes and businesses will need to meet rigorous new energy efficiency standards in order to lower energy consumption and bills, as well as helping to protect the environment.

Responding to a consultation on the Future Homes Standard, the UK Government has set out plans to radically improve the energy performance of new build homes, with all housing to be highly energy efficient, with low carbon heating and to be zero carbon ready by 2025.

These new homes are expected to produce between 75-80% lower carbon emissions in comparison to current levels. To ensure industry is ready to meet the new standards by 2025, new homes will be expected to produce 31% lower carbon emissions from 2021.

Existing homes will also be subject to higher standards, with an improvement on the standard for extensions, making homes warmer and reducing bills. This includes the replacement of windows and building services such as heat pumps, cooling systems, or fixed lighting.

Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP said: “Improving the energy performance of buildings is vital to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and protecting the environment for future generations to come.

“The radical new standards announced today will not only improve energy efficiency of existing homes and other buildings, but will also ensure our new homes are fit for the future, by reducing emissions from new homes by at least 75%.”

“This will help deliver greener homes and buildings, as well as reducing energy bills for hard-working families and businesses.”

The government plans also include measures to tackle:

  • Ventilation – a new requirement for additional ventilation and indoor air quality monitoring in high-risk non-domestic buildings such as offices and gyms, reducing the risk of any potential infections being spread indoors.
  • Overheating in residential buildings – a new overheating mitigation requirement in the Building Regulations.

There will be stringent transitional arrangements in place to ensure and provide all developers with certainty about the standards they are building. These will last for one year and will apply to individual homes, as opposed to the entire development.

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