Environmental Sustainability

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird PPS (Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Secretary of State), Home Office

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what environmentally sustainable features he requires to be installed in new public buildings.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Housing and Planning)

On 15 March 2006, the improvements to the energy efficiency standards set out in part L of the Building Regulations was laid in Parliament. The part L changes come into effect in April 2006 and will make a major contribution to the UK's commitment to combat climate change delivering increased energy standards of up to 27 per cent. for new buildings.

We have just completed the consultation on the proposed Code for Sustainable Homes, which is a voluntary scheme being developed with industry and will set environmental performance standards for energy and water efficiency that are higher than those stipulated by regulation.

From April 2006 we will require all new homes built by the resident social landlords with Housing Corporation funding to comply with level 3 of the code. This will also apply to homes developed by the English Partnership and all others receiving Government funding.

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