Housing: Construction

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 17th November 2021.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the number of new homes built in each of the last five years that were fitted with (a) gas boilers, (b) heat pumps and (c) other forms of low carbon heating.

Photo of Eddie Hughes Eddie Hughes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) data is regularly published on Open Data Communities, and this includes data on the type of heating installed, including for new builds. The latest ONS data release on energy efficiency of housing in England and Wales 2021 also provides some information on this topic and can be found here.

The Government remains committed to meeting its target of net zero emissions by 2050 and recognises the important contribution that the way we heat our homes has to meeting it. We will need to move away from fossil fuel heating in order to meet our commitment.

Later this year we will introduce an interim uplift in building standards that delivers a meaningful reduction in carbon emissions and provide a stepping stone to the Future Homes Standard in 2025. Once the uplift comes into force, new homes will be expected to produce 31% less CO2 emissions compared to current standards. This will deliver high-quality homes that are in line with our broader housing commitments and encourage homes that are future-proofed for the longer-term.

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