Carbon Emissions: Housing

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st September 2017.

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Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Labour, Brentford and Isleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of progress towards ensuring that all new homes are ultra-low emission from 2020.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

The Government has a duty under section 165 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to carry out a review of the minimum energy performance requirements for new homes in the Building Regulations. As set out in the Housing White Paper - Fixing our broken housing market – work has started on the review and we will consult on improving the requirements on new homes if evidence suggests that there are opportunities to do so without making homes less affordable for those who want to buy their own home.

This will be in the context of the Independent Review on Building Regulations and Fire Safety, the findings of the Public Inquiry and on going building safety work.

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