New proposals to force property firms to improve energy efficiency
Recommendations for ensuring new-build homes meet improved energy efficiency requirements which come into force in 2025 have been set out in a new report that was shared with Net Zero Investor today.
Future Homes Hub, set up to lead the housebuilding industry’s path towards net zero, published the report following research by 170 industry players.
It comes as the Government is preparing to begin a formal public consultation which is set to be introduced in 2025.
Under the proposed regulations, new homes will be held to higher standards of energy efficiency, requiring at least a 75 per cent reduction in carbon emissions while maintaining a comfortable environment for householders to live in.
They will also be expected to be ‘zero carbon ready’ through the use of lower-carbon heating and high fabric standards - meaning that they will not require retrofitting to implement any necessary net-zero technologies in the foreseeable future.
The report was written with involvement from 170 people representing housebuilders, manufacturers, energy networks, green groups and more.
Ed Lockhart, CEO of Future Homes Hub, said: “Collaboration is an absolute necessity as we look towards readying the country for the 2025 FHS, and towards net zero."