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Green deal regulations to make zero-carbon homes

2 February 2012 No Comment

New measures that would require property owners to install energy efficient measures to their homes during renovations have been announced by government, reports Business Green.

A government consultation suggests that “cutting excessive red-tape and [delivering] safer and more sustainable buildings” are key to implementing a “zero-carbon homes” policy by 2016.

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Ensuring our buildings are safe and sustainable

The government’s expectations are that non-domestic buildings need to deliver a 20 per cent improvement on emissions, a move that may require the installation of solar panelling, internal wall cladding or other eco-friendly measures in order to adhere to the target.

In a statement, communities minister Andrew Stunell explained the standards would deliver

“even better levels of compliance and energy efficiency in buildings, …supporting our commitment to that ensures our buildings are safe and sustainable whilst helping to secure future growth and employment by means of a robust and effective bedrock of regulation.”

Energy efficiency improvements when refurbishing

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Furthermore, making improvements to property would require households to undertake energy efficiency improvements when going through other renovations.

Stunell explains further, cited by Property Talk Live:

“The Coalition is committed to being the greenest government ever, so improving the energy efficiency of our existing buildings through the Green Deal, and ensuring that all new homes are zero carbon by 2016 is a top priority.”

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