Housing: Heating

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Lembit Öpik Lembit Öpik Shadow Minister (Housing), Department for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) what estimate her Department has made of the number of electrically heated new homes built in the last five years that have compatible gas grid connections available;

(2) how many new homes which were (a) electrically heated and (b) gas heated were built in 2007-08.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

The Department's statistics for new home completions do not include details of the form of heating used.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has not made estimates of the number of electrically heated new homes built in the last five years that have compatible gas grid connections available.

However, based on statistics for house completions in 2004, the regulatory impact assessment supporting the 2006 amendment to part L of the building regulations estimated that electricity was used for heating in 90 per cent. of flats, but only 1 per cent. of houses. Flats made up 43 per cent. of new build homes.

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