Housebuilders

  • Deliver regulatory compliance

Property Landowners

  • Protecting Housing Value

Climate Change Act 2008
 

  • Mandated reduction of greenhouse emissions by 80% in 2050 from 1990 levels

The Climate Change Act 2008 establishes a legally binding target to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% in 2050 from 1990 levels. To drive progress and set the UK on a pathway towards this target, the Act introduced a system of carbon budgets including a target that the annual equivalent of the carbon budget for the period including 2020 is at least 34% lower than 1990.



Spring Statement 2019: Philip Hammond's speech
 

  • Ban on Gas in new homes from 2025

“We will introduce a Future Homes Standard, mandating the end of fossil-fuel heating systems in all new houses from 2025.”



Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)

 

  • 2020 - Ban on letting where EPC less than E

  • 2030 - Ban on letting where EPC less than B

Since 1 April 2020, landlords can no longer let or continue to let properties covered by the MEES Regulations if they have an EPC rating below E, unless they have a valid exemption in place.

In 2015, in the PRS Regulations, the Government introduced minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) to improve the worst performing buildings in both the domestic and non-domestic stock. In October 2019, the Government consulted on proposals that would tighten the non-domestic MEES to set a long-term regulatory target of EPC B by 2030, or the highest EPC band a cost-effective package of measures could reach. This is an ambitious target, that will drive clean growth and reduce emissions across the non-domestic rental building stock.

Clean Growth Strategy 2017

  • Minimum EPC of C by 2030

  • New social housing standards

  • Future proof of all new homes for low carbon heating systems

  • Build and extend commercial size heat networks

  • Reform RHI with £4.5bn investment in low carbon heat technologies

  • £184m innovation programme to bring new heat solutions to market

*Improving the energy efficiency of our homes*

12) We want all fuel poor homes to be upgraded to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2030 and our aspiration is for as many homes as possible to be EPC Band C by 2035 where practical, cost-effective and affordable


13) Develop a long term trajectory to improve the energy performance standards of privately rented homes, with the aim of upgrading as many as possible to EPC Band C by 2030 where practical, cost-effective and affordable


14) Consult on how social housing can meet similar standards over this period

15) Following the outcome of the independent review of building regulations and fire safety and subject to its conclusions, we intend to consult on strengthening energy performance standards for new and existing homes under building regulations, including future-proofing new homes for low carbon heating systems

*Rolling out low carbon heating*


17) Build and extend heat networks across the country, underpinned with public funding (allocated in the Spending Review 2015) out to 2021


18) Phase out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating in new and existing homes currently off the gas grid during the 2020s, starting with new homes


19) Improve standards on the 1.2 million new boilers installed every year in England and require installations of control devices to help people save energy


20) Invest in low carbon heating by reforming the Renewable Heat Incentive, spending £4.5 billion to support innovative low carbon heat technologies in homes and businesses between 2016 and 2021


21) Innovation: Invest around £184 million of public funds, including two new £10 million innovation programmes to develop new energy efficiency and heating technologies to enable lower cost low carbon homes.

The Grand Challenge Missions 2021

  • Halve energy use in new buildings by 2030

  • Every home to use clean heating

  • Driving down cost of retro-fit

  • Giving consumers control over their energy

Mission: At least halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030

Heating and powering buildings accounts for 40% of our total energy usage in the UK. By making our buildings more energy efficient and embracing smart technologies, we can cut household energy bills, reduce demand for energy, and boost economic growth while meeting our targets for carbon reduction.


For homes this will mean halving the total use of energy compared to today’s standards for new build. This will include a building’s use of energy for heating and cooling and appliances, but not transport.


This will be achieved by:


* making sure every new building in Britain is safe, high quality, much more efficient and uses clean heating
* innovating to make low energy, low carbon buildings cheaper to build
* driving lower carbon, lower cost and higher quality construction through innovative techniques
* giving consumers more control over how they use energy through smart technologies
* halving the cost of renovating existing buildings to a similar standard as new buildings, while increasing quality and safety

Future Homes Standard

January 2021

  • 2025 commitment for all new homes to have low-carbon heating

  • Higher standards for existing housing stock

  • New requirements on extensions, repair and replace

*Progress so far*

We have:

* committed to adopt the new Future Homes Standard by 2025 to ensure all new homes are future-proofed with low-carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency

To ensure industry is ready to meet the new standards by 2025, new homes will be expected to produce 31% lower carbon emissions from 2021.

Existing homes will also be subject to higher standards – with a significant improvement on the standard for extensions, making homes warmer and reducing bills. The requirement for replacement, repairs and parts to be more energy efficient. This includes the replacement of windows and building services such as heat pumps, cooling systems, or fixed lighting.

Building Regulations

  • Overhaul of Part L 

  • Conservation of fuel and power

Improving energy performance standards for buildings through changes to Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) of the Building Regulations

Construction Sector Deal 2019

  • Facilitating cost effective retro fit

Improve the environment through significantly reducing the costs of retrofitting these technologies within existing buildings, reducing their energy consumption and increasing their sustainability.

Halving the cost of renovating existing buildings to a similar standard as new buildings, while increasing quality and safety.

Citations

BEIS (2020), Domestic private rented property: minimum energy efficiency standard - landlord guidance, BEIS [Domestic private rented property: minimum energy efficiency standard - landlord guidance - GOV.UK](https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-private-rented-property-minimum-energy-efficiency-standard-landlord-guidance)

BEIS (2018), Clean Growth Strategy, BEIS [Clean Growth Strategy - GOV.UK](https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/clean-growth-strategy)

HM Treasury (2019), Spring Statement 2019: Philip Hammond’s speech, HM Treasury [Spring Statement 2019: Philip Hammond’s speech - GOV.UK](https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/spring-statement-2019-philip-hammonds-speech)

BEIS (2021), The Grand Challenge missions, BEIS [The Grand Challenge missions - GOV.UK](https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-strategy-the-grand-challenges/missions#clean-growth)

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (2021), Rigorous new targets for green building revolution, Press release Minister of State (Minister for Housing) The Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP [Rigorous new targets for green building revolution - GOV.UK](https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rigorous-new-targets-for-green-building-revolution)

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (2021), Statutory guidance, Conservation of fuel and power, HCLG [Conservation of fuel and power: Approved Document L - GOV.UK](https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/conservation-of-fuel-and-power-approved-document-l)

BEIS (2019), Construction Sector Deal, BEIS [Construction Sector Deal - GOV.UK](https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/construction-sector-deal/construction-sector-deal)