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Housing: Carbon Emissions

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 9th March 2020.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the net carbon footprint of homes built under the Future Homes Standard.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government is fully committed to meeting its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and recognises the important contribution that the energy efficiency of buildings has to make in meeting it. We have committed to introduce a Future Homes Standard from 2025 which means that new homes will be fit for the future, with low carbon heating and lower energy use through high levels of energy efficiency.

In October 2019 we published a consultation on the Future Homes Standard which proposed that new homes built to the Future Homes Standard from 2025 should have carbon dioxide emissions 75-80 per cent lower than those built to current building regulations standards. The Future Homes Standard consultation closed on 7 February 2020. The responses we have received will be considered carefully and a Government response will be published in due course.

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