Government urged to set new official rules for sustainable buildings

The UK government has been urged to create a very clear and transparent regulatory framework for sustainability standards in new buildings, a recent news report has been able to suggest.

Trade body the Solar Trade Association (STA) is calling for a new policy to replace the Zero Carbon Homes programme which was scrapped last summer by the Tory administration.

The organization believes Conservatives are focused on maximising build rate. However lower standards lock in higher carbon emissions and increased energy bills for occupants, it added.

Mike Landy, Head of Policy at the STA said: “Solar energy is perfectly suited to new build and ought to become a standard feature on new housing. The 70% cost reductions since 2010 means that any additional build costs can be recouped within years through lower energy bills – builders need to work with surveyors, estate agents and mortgage lenders to ensure these benefits are recognised.

“Local authorities have a responsibility to help achieve the 80% carbon emission reduction required by the Climate Change Act. We encourage them to use their planning powers to require house builders to use solar energy as a highly effective and cost-effective way of contributing to that goal.”

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