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'Every home should be Passivhaus', say Lib Dems

Liberal Democrat members have voted in favour of the party’s green growth policy at its annual conference in Glasgow

Green Growth and Green Jobs: Transition to a Zero Carbon Britain sets out the party’s plans for to transform the Green Deal ‘into a comprehensive one-off programme to bring all homes up to the EnerPHit standard by 2050’.

The policy, which was backed by party members, could see homes retrofitted to the Passivhaus Standard, Enerphit, if they gain power in 2015. It states: ‘Our long-term objective is to bring all homes up to the Passivhaus standard commonly used elsewhere in Europe’.

The plans include moves to transform the Green Deal ‘into a comprehensive one-off programme to bring all homes up to the EnerPHit standard by 2050’.

The EnerPHit standard, is a version of the Passivhaus certification scheme specifically aimed at retrofit projects.

Among the policies set out in the document is also a planned review of the NPPF. It suggests: ‘the extent the NPPF will contribute positively to a zero carbon Britain or to long term sustainability remains unclear’.

Previous story (08.08.2013)

Passivhaus could become standard if Lib Dems elected

The Liberal Democrats have hinted they would retrofit homes to the Passivhaus standard, EnerPHit, if elected in 2015.

In a policy paper setting out the party’s plans for green growth, the Liberal Democrats have mooted plans to transform the Green Deal ‘into a comprehensive one-off programme to bring all homes up to the EnerPHit standard by 2050’.

The EnerPHit standard, is a version of the Passivhaus certification scheme specifically aimed at retrofit projects.

The paper proposes a ‘significant’ expansion of the Green Deal scheme, stating: ‘energy efficiency measures need to be treated as importantly as investment in new forms of generation’.

It is suggested that this will be achieved through offering differential stamp duty rates, and providing incentives to local authorities to reduce council tax for those improving their home’s energy efficiency.

The paper suggests that carbon emissions can be reduced by up to 20 per cent through maximising energy efficiency, and that remaining emissions can be sequestered in building materials.

Random testing of new homes, to ensure they meet standards is also proposed.

The paper adds: ‘Liberal Democrats would step up random testing of new homes’ energy performance, requiring those builders who have cut corners not just to rectify their omissions, but to include extra energy saving measures as a penalty to compensate householders too.’

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