The UK Green Building Council has welcomed the announcement that the Government will strengthen energy efficiency standards for new homes and non-domestic buildings.
The Government has confirmed there will be a 6% uplift in efficiency standards of new homes and a 9% improvement in non domestic buildings over Part L 2010 Building Regulations.
The amended regulations will be laid before Parliament shortly, with the changes coming into force on 6 April 2014.
John Alker, director of policy and communications at UK-GBC, said: “There can be no excuses for the length of time this has taken, but finally industry has the clarity on Part L that it craves. Although we’re still waiting for details on Carbon Compliance, Allowable Solutions and the Housing Standards Review – so Government is not out of the woods yet.
“The uplift is less ambitious than any of the options originally consulted upon – even less than Government’s previously ‘preferred options’, particularly for non-domestic buildings. However, the fact there is any uplift at all is good news – it’s a victory for all those who know that industry can continue to innovate, to improve standards and reduce carbon cost-effectively.
“The delay in implementation is disappointing but sadly inevitable. It needn’t knock us off course from the zero carbon targets, which it is encouraging to see Government remains committed to.”