New 2025 green targets for homes

New 2025 green targets for homes

10:32 AM, 21st January 2021, About 5 months ago 15

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All homes and businesses will have to meet rigorous new energy efficiency standards to lower energy consumption and bills, helping to protect the environment, the Housing Minister Chris Pincher has announced.

Responding to a consultation on the Future Homes Standard, the government has set out plans to radically improve the energy performance of new homes, with all homes to be highly energy-efficient, with low carbon heating and be zero carbon ready by 2025.

These homes are expected to produce 75-80% lower carbon emissions compared to current levels. To ensure the industry is ready to meet the new standards by 2025, new homes will be expected to produce 31% lower carbon emissions from 2021.

Existing homes will also be subject to higher standards – with a significant improvement on the standard for extensions, making homes warmer and reducing bills. The requirement for replacement, repairs and parts to be more energy efficient. This includes the replacement of windows and building services such as heat pumps, cooling systems, or fixed lighting.

Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP said: “Improving the energy performance of buildings is vital to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and protecting the environment for future generations to come.

“The radical new standards announced today will not only improve energy efficiency of existing homes and other buildings, but will also ensure our new homes are fit for the future, by reducing emissions from new homes by at least 75%.

“This will help deliver greener homes and buildings, as well as reducing energy bills for hard-working families and businesses.”

The government plans also include measures to tackle;

  • Ventilation – a new requirement for additional ventilation and indoor air quality monitoring in high-risk non-domestic buildings such as offices and gyms, reducing the risk of any potential infections being spread indoors.
  • Overheating in residential buildings – a new overheating mitigation requirement in the Building Regulations.

There will be stringent transitional arrangements in place to provide all developers with certainty about the standards they are building. These will last for one year and apply to individual homes, rather than an entire development.

The government has also announced a consultation on higher performance targets for non-domestic buildings which will mean they will be zero carbon ready by 2025.

Taken together these measures will help to lower the cost of energy bills for families, while helping to tackle our climate change goals.

The government is committed to reaching net-zero and is taking considerable action to address the emissions from buildings – with heating and powering buildings currently accounting for 40% of the UK’s total energy usage.

There has already been considerable progress made on emissions from homes, with overall total emissions reduced by about a fifth since 1990 despite there being approximately a quarter more homes.

In 2019 the government introduced a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 – making the UK the first major economy in the world to legislate a zero net emissions target. The measures announced today recognise the important role that the energy efficiency of buildings can play in achieving this goal.



Comments

by Luke P

11:43 AM, 21st January 2021, About 5 months ago

This is only for new-builds…the opening line suggests all property.

by Paul landlord

11:54 AM, 21st January 2021, About 5 months ago

Glad you put us straight there! Just frightened myself to death skim reading it incorrectly.

However correct me if I'm wrong but we still face challenging epc ratings in the not too distant future and finishing gas boilers by 2033?

If so that still presents us existing landlords with the same issues but with a bit more breathing space in place- we're going to need deep pockets thats for sure- or sell up to the unenlightened before it's widely known public knowledge?

by John

12:17 PM, 21st January 2021, About 5 months ago

Panic over !!!

Gas boilers are not being fazed out. They will be here for many many years to come. However, the fuel they will run on will be hydrogen.

The network in the ground stays the same and the pipe work in the house stays the same and the boilers we have stay the same. The only difference will be an upgrade in the boiler costing £100 in parts and about 1h of engineer time.

So yes gas boilers will not be used going forwards, but they will be the same boilers but called hydrogen boilers. So in reality we do not have to panic.

By 2025 any new combi boiler will have to be Hydrogen READY. This means in the 2030's the whole network has the ability to switch over to hydrogen when the time comes. Leeds is the trial area for this and there is a huge behind the scenes operation going on. It's called H21 project. You can google all about it.

I watched a video on this topic last night in fact. It was an interview by a building channel called Skill Builder. It's a great source of info for DIY ers like me. He interviewed Worcester boilers head guy on all the issues with boilers going forward. He explained how heat pumps are useless for current properties. Only good for new builds.

So the future is a combi, but it will be powered by hydrogen.

I am currently needing a new combi, so happily going to use a standard one. It should take me up to 2035 no problem. At that time i am sure the change over to hydrogen will be really in full swing.

Hydrogen boilers will also only be about £80 more expensive than current combis.

The link to all you need to know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uNKPDREa-Q

by Dylan Morris

13:49 PM, 21st January 2021, About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by John at 21/01/2021 - 12:17
Where do we get the hydrogen from ? And how is it transmitted to the property ? My house does not currently have a hydrogen supply.

by John

14:01 PM, 21st January 2021, About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Dylan Morris at 21/01/2021 - 13:49
Did you watch the video?

We have a gas network worth 400bn if I remember correctly. Throwing this away has been decided to be uneconomic. So this is what we will use to transport hydrogen. Moving to hydrogen will cost 150bn.

The hydrogen will be made from gas but all the carbon will be captured (under the sea in Leeds’s case).

by terry sullivan

14:36 PM, 21st January 2021, About 5 months ago

hydrogen=useless

by terry sullivan

14:37 PM, 21st January 2021, About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by John at 21/01/2021 - 12:17
combis are rubbish

by John

19:50 PM, 22nd January 2021, About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by terry sullivan at 21/01/2021 - 14:37
Pathetic addition to the knowledge. Why bother posting such drivel.

by terry sullivan

21:52 PM, 22nd January 2021, About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by John at 22/01/2021 - 19:50why--combis 5 or 6 years--eu scam
my potterton 31 years so far

by Badger

13:25 PM, 25th January 2021, About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by terry sullivan at 21/01/2021 - 14:36
Please elaborate on why you think this.

I must confess to being a little sceptical about the idea of using the existing gas infrastructure to the customer though.

They have the devil of a job containing hydrogen at the moment even when using specialist kit, so I can only imagine how well the existing ancient gas supply lines are going to cope!

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