30th July 2013
The Government has today confirmed new efficiency standards of new homes and non domestic buildings over Part L 2010 Building Regulations.
The uplift in energy efficiency standards for new homes and non-domestic buildings is less ambitious than any of the options originally consulted upon – less than Government’s previously ‘preferred options’, particularly for non-domestic buildings.
- For new homes, the changes deliver a 6% improvement on 2010 standards across the build mix, with compliance targets differentiated by home type to take advantage of the most cost effective savings.
- A strengthening of carbon dioxide targets for new non-domestic buildings that delivers a 9% improvement on 2010 standards aggregated across the build mix
Updated statutory guidance and calculation methodologies will be published during the course of this summer with these changes coming into force on 6 April 2014.
Given that industry requires clarity on the further direction of travel beyond these changes the Government intend to also publish a consultation shortly on the next steps to take forward zero carbon homes, including the means of delivering allowable solutions.