Energy: Housing

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th September 2017.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what targets the Government has for improving the energy efficiency of (a) new build homes and (b) existing properties.

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

As set out in the Housing White Paper - Fixing our broken housing market – we have started work on a review of the cost effectiveness of current minimum energy efficiency standards in the Building Regulations for new homes. 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. The review will also consider the energy efficiency requirements for works to existing properties covered by the Building Regulations, such as home extensions.

The forthcoming Clean Growth Plan will also set out our ambitions for improving the energy efficiency of existing properties more widely.

All of this work will be in 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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