22 Jun 2009 04:06:05
Solar panels should feature in all housing developments, NEF claims
Solar panels should be a fundamental part of all future housing stock built in the UK, the National Energy Foundation (NEF) believes.
The organisation, which helps homes and businesses to reduce their carbon emissions by pursuing energy efficiency measures, also called for new residences to be better insulated to reduce energy consumption.
A spokesperson for the NEF said that biomass could also be a "significant" technology for helping to lower emissions tied to the nation's energy consumption, but suggested that it is limited by how much feedstock can be grown.
"Solar is an infinite quantity," he added. "Every single property that is built in the UK, if it doesn't have solar panels on it then I ask, 'Why?'"
His comments came after research from UK Climate Projections warned that temperatures in Britain could rise by as much as two degrees C by 2050.
In February, property company King Sturge published its European Property Sustainability Report, which estimated that constructing properties to meet the government's zero-carbon targets could raise building costs by 25 to 42 percent.http://tinyurl.com/mpgwk7