Housing: Construction

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Turnbull Lord Turnbull Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposed Future Homes Standard to mandate the end of fossil-fuelled heating systems in all new houses after 2025 will also cover fossil-fuelled cookers and hobs; and what assessment they have made of what alternative technologies or fuels will be used in in their place.

Photo of Lord Turnbull Lord Turnbull Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that their proposed Future Homes Standard will have on (1) the cost of building new homes, and (2) people’s fuel bills.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Future Homes Standard will require all new build homes to have low carbon heating. Cooking appliances are not controlled under the Building Regulations, however, we expect that many developers will choose not to install new gas connections in developments adopting the Future Homes Standard. There are a range of alternatives, including modern electric and induction hobs, which are cleaner and safer to use than gas, cheaper to install and maintain, and better for the environment.

The Future Homes Standard is about building homes that are affordable to buy, affordable to run, and help to meet our climate change commitments. We will set out further details as part of our 2019 consultation on the energy efficiency requirements of the Building Regulations.

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