The government has announced it will work with Zero Carbon Hub to boost energy efficiency in new homes
Communities minister Don Foster has pledged to work with the construction industry to ‘close the gap’ between new homes’ planned energy standards and the performance which is actually achieved.
A programme of work between the government and the construction industry will investigate where some new build homes are failing to meet their expected performance levels.
This work will include testing the energy efficiency of homes and a set of recommendations for improvements.
The programme which will run until 2020 will be overseen by the Zero Carbon Hub. It is expected that the first set of recommendations will be ready next year.
The government is providing £380,000 of funding and a further £1 million will come from the industry.
Speaking at Ecobuild Don Foster said: ‘Home energy bills are one of the biggest costs that people and families face, especially during a really cold winter such as this one. I want to do everything to cut bills by making homes in this country the most energy efficient possible. From today government and industry will be working hand in hand to ensure new build homes live up to expectations, and drive energy bills down for householders.
‘The alternative would be further regulation of industry but I do not want to add red tape and financial burdens that would just be passed on to already struggling homebuyers. Instead I want to work with industry to improve standards and performance in practice.’
He added: ‘Buildings already account for almost half the UK’s carbon emissions and with a growing population it’s clear we need to build more homes for families and would be first-time buyers in particular. The way in which we do this, and the standards we build new homes to, are crucial to cutting emissions and tackling climate change.’