The UK Government sets rigorous new targets for green building revolution

 

 

All homes and businesses will have to meet rigorous new energy efficiency standards to lower energy consumption and bills, helping to protect the environment, the UK government announced in a recent press release.

 

 

 

What will be the new rules? 

  • All new buildings to be constructed to be highly energy efficient.
  • Building work in existing buildings must meet new standards.
  • Measures to tackle overheating in new residential buildings.

 

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

Changes for new buildings

These homes are expected to produce 75-80% lower carbon emissions compared 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.

Changes For older buildings

Existing homes will also be subject to higher standards – with a significant improvement on the standard for extensions, making homes warmer and reducing bills. The requirement for replacement, repairs and parts to be more energy efficient. This includes the replacement of windows and building services. Building services includes 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 government plans also include measures to tackle;

  • Ventilation. A new requirement for additional ventilation and also indoor air quality monitoring in high-risk non-domestic buildings. This includes for exemple offices and gyms.
  • Overheating in residential buildings. This means a new overheating mitigation requirement in the Building Regulations.

 

Interested in the topic of Building Revolution?

Join our Sustainable Smart Homes SIG. This SIG group, chaired by Peter Bates, includes recurrent events primarily looking at the UK market and its 27 million homes, many of which will require deep retrofitting and installation of renewable energy services, in order for the UK to meet it’s legal Zero Carbon targets by 2050.  You can also watch the recording of our last event: Integrating Electric Vehicles with Home Energy Services.