Housing: Energy

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect on (a) energy efficiency and (b) carbon emissions of using electric heating twinned with microgeneration in new building developments.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The regulatory impact assessment accompanying the changes to part L of the Building Regulations that came into operation in April 2006 contained assessments of the energy efficiency that would be required by electric heating systems in general to achieve the new standards. No assessment was made of the impact of twinning electric heating with microgeneration but builders are able to choose this approach and my Department has published guidance to help in this.

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