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  • 02/10/2019
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Government kicks off plans for green new-build homes
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has kick started plans to introduce a ‘green standard’ for new-build homes to tackle climate change and keep household bills low.

 

The Future Homes Standard will ensure houses built after 2025 use clean energy sources and are constructed in an energy efficient way.

Developers will need to use new technology such as air source heat pumps and the latest generation of solar panels instead of traditional gas boilers to heat homes.

A consultation paper has been launched to explore how changes to building regulations can drive down the carbon footprint of new-build homes after 2025. 

This will include changes to the ventilation and efficiency requirements as well as the role of councils in getting the best energy standards from developers. 

The changes to building regulations aim to improve the environment by cutting carbon emissions by up to 80 per cent.

Steve Turner, spokesman for the Home Builders Federation, said: “The industry has demonstrated a clear commitment to the carbon agenda and has delivered every target set over many years. As a result new homes are considerably more energy efficient than existing ones , saving buyers hundreds of pounds per year in utility bills.

“We agree that in the context of the climate change challenge we need to continue to be ambitious, but we must also ensure that requirements are practical and time frames realistic and allow technologies to be properly developed and delivered by the supply chain and to achieve the new skills required.”

 

Speed up planning

Barclays launched its first green mortgage last year, that rewards borrowers who buy energy efficient homes with a lower rate of interest.

The government has also confirmed proposals to speed up the planning system, including the potential for more fees to be refunded if councils take too long to decide on specific planning applications.

Jenrick said: “Building new homes isn’t just about bricks and mortar, I want to ensure everyone, including developers, do their bit to protect the environment and give the next generation beautiful, environmentally friendly homes that local communities can support.”

Plans to ban fossil fuel heating systems such as gas boilers by 2025 in new-build homes were first announced during the spring statement earlier this year.

Development of a national design code to ensure developers build “beautiful, well designed homes”, are also underway.

The accelerated planning green paper will be published in November 2019, and the consultation on building regulations will run until January 2020.

 

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