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Building Regulations: Solar Power

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will change building regulations to require new properties to contain solar panels.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Building Regulations are deliberately couched in performance terms and mandating a particular technology, such as a blanket requirement to deploy solar panels on roofs, may not be appropriate for all new buildings because of variations such as roof construction, building orientation and specific site conditions.

The Building Regulations energy efficiency standards for new homes have increased 30 per cent since 2010 and to meet these demanding standards, builders will find they increasingly need to add more renewable energy systems, such as solar panels.

As set out in the Government's Clean Growth Strategy, we plan to consult on an uplift to the energy efficiency requirements for new homes and other buildings where there are safe, practical, cost-effective and affordable opportunities to do so.

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