To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether future revisions to the Code for Sustainable Homes will specify the types of central heating systems that are acceptable; and what consideration he has given to the potential effects of any such revisions on (a) fuel costs and (b) carbon dioxide emissions. [R]
I have been asked to reply.
The Code for Sustainable Homes is similar to the building regulations in that it sets performance targets to be met, combined with a functional (technology-neutral) approach to sustainable development to help encourage innovation in this sector. The code does not specify particular products or systems to meet outcomes. Future revisions to the code in respect of central heating will reflect the direction of travel of forthcoming revisions to Part L of the building regulations, which are underpinning the Government's policy for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016. Where changes to the code are proposed, these will be subject to impact assessment examining cost issues and the likely effects on emissions.