15 Mar 2010 12:03:02
UK homes to become 25 percent more efficient under new regulations
New homes could become up to 25 percent more efficient in a bid to reduce up to two million tonnes worth of carbon emissions from UK households.
The government has announced new proposals that will see new-builds become more energy efficient, with savings on water and other resources.
According to the government, older buildings will also be subject to new regulations, with extensions, new boilers and windows meeting energy-saving standards.
Housing and planning minister John Healey said: "The higher green standards we're bringing in this year will cut emissions and play a crucial part in achieving our zero carbon policies.
"Nearly half the UK's carbon emissions come from our buildings. But more than one in three of the buildings we'll be working in and living in by 2050 have not yet been built, so action now can make a real difference in the future.
"While we must act to reduce carbon emissions, we must do so in sensible stages to avoid unreasonable burdens on the house building industry."
The legislation, which will come into force in October, is intended to prepare the construction industry for the government target of making all new builds carbon zero from 2016, with all other buildings fitting the criteria by 2019. http://tinyurl.com/ya8uh5c