Housing: Heating

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

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Photo of Chris Mullin Chris Mullin Labour, Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to amend the building regulations to require the installation of energy efficient domestic heating pumps; and if she will make a statement.

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

There are no plans to amend the building regulations to require the installation of particular heating systems. However, as announced in July 2007, it is proposed that the energy performance standards of the building regulations will be progressively improved in 2010, 2013 and 2016 to ensure all new homes are zero carbon by 2016. The installation of energy efficient technologies will help to meet these higher standards.

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