We’re still too often building homes connected to expensive polluting gas, with insufficient insulation to stop heat loss, without solar panels, and not adapted to floods, drought and overheating. Scrapping higher environmental standards in 2016 has cost new home-owners £370 million in higher energy bills. They’ll need to pay again to upgrade their homes in the future. (ECIU)
We all end up paying the bill when new homes unnecessarily add to the cost of the electricity grid.
The Future Homes and Buildings Standard, set to be consulted on in 2023 and introduced in 2025, is the opportunity to put that right.
At UKGBC, we know from some of our members that industry can already build to higher modern standards. Some developers are already routinely building homes that produce their own solar electricity, with more insulation and smart controls to reduce the pressure on our electricity grid at peak times. Our house builder members want standards that don’t allow other developers to undercut them because of quality. It’s the only way we’ll drive green investment, innovation and skills.
Only a section of industry is unwilling to build to higher standards and is lobbying against them behind the scenes.
What does UKGBC recommend?
UKGBC is calling on industry and politicians to stand up for the modern standards that will help the country keep bills lower as we transition to net-zero, protect against our deteriorating climate and protect nature.
We have set out 5 key tests for the Future Homes Standard and will be working with our members to respond to the Government’s consultation.