New building regulations have been put-forward this week that will drive demand for the Green Deal. Announced by Communities Minister, Andrew Stunell, under the proposals, from October this year, existing homes that undertake works such as new extensions could be required to invest in energy efficiency improvements – financed through the Green Deal.
Other works covered include replacement boilers and the installation of multiple domestic windows – these won’t be included until April 2014 however and at this point non-domestic buildings will also feature.
“The DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Govenment) estimates there are 2000 new extensions every year, 1.4 million boiler replacement and one million new windows replaced. This could be a significant demand driver (for the Green Deal) if it goes ahead,” a spokesperson for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said.
Under the Green Deal, the Government aims to insulate 14 million homes by 2020. From the autumn, it will allow homeowners to take out loans to pay for energy efficiency measures with the guarantee that the savings on their energy bills will be greater than the loan repayments. At its peak the Government estimates it could support up to 250,000 jobs.
In the same announcement, the Government also set out how it would like to see move towards zero carbon standards for new buildings from 2016. The proposed changes are complex, but would be introduced from 2013 and would tighten the CO2 targets for new buildings and introduce a specific energy efficiency target for new homes.
The Government’s preferred standards for new non-domestic buildings are more ambitious, and are likely to require renewable energy generation technologies, such as solar panels, being integrated into the building, as well as improvements to the building fabric.
“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,” Stunell said.
The Building Regulations consultation, which also looks at electrical safety in homes, among other issues, runs until April 27 2012. Responses to Green Deal proposals, however, need to be in by March 27 2012.