Rigorous new energy efficiency standards introduced

All homes and businesses will have to meet rigorous new energy efficiency standards to lower energy consumption and bills, helping to protect the environment.

Housing Minister Chris Pincher has outlined government 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. These homes are expected to produce 75 per cent 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 per cent lower carbon emissions from 2021. 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 government plans also include measures to tackle ventilation – a new requirement for additional ventilation and indoor air quality monitoring in high-risk non-domestic buildings such as offices and gyms, reducing the risk of any potential infections being spread indoors.

Pincher 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 radical new standards announced today will not only improve energy efficiency of existing homes and other buildings, but will also ensure our new homes are fit for the future, by reducing emissions from new homes by at least 75 per cent. This will help deliver greener homes and buildings, as well as reducing energy bills for hard-working families and businesses.”