Last week, the Government set out plans to cut the carbon footprint of new homes. As Extinction Rebellion take to the streets, disrupting cities around the country to draw attention to climate change, this seems a timely move.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has revealed plans to change the building regulations and develop a ?Future Homes Standard?. This could ban gas boilers and oil heating from all homes built after 2025, replacing them with cleaner technology such as air source heat pumps and solar panels. Local authorities are also being asked to play their part in demanding better energy standards from developers.
To get a wide range of views on these proposals, a consultation has been published looking at ways to drive down the carbon footprint of houses, including changes to ventilation and energy efficiency requirements. If you would like to put your views forward, you can download the consultation paper, which will run until January 2020, here.
Ahead of an Accelerated Planning Green Paper, to be published in November, Robert Jenrick also confirmed his aim to speed up the planning system. Proposals include:
Author : Mary-Anne Bowring
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