The chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) has warned that the UK government’s failure to build new homes that are energy efficient will see future generations dealing with our costly mistakes. New rules on Zero Carbon Homes, that were due to come into force this year, would have required new housing developments to generate as much clean energy – through renewable sources like solar panels or ground heat pumps – as they use in hot water, heating, lighting and ventilation. They would have also insulated us against climate change by making sure our homes are cosy and warm and only require minimal heating. But last year the government scrapped the rules. We know that houses built today could still be housing people a hundred years from now. We are also legally committed to cut climate-changing emissions by at least 80% by 2050. We need to be building houses that are fit for the future. We have the technology and building techniques to construct houses that generate their own power and hardly need heating. We owe it to future generations to use them.
Edie 12th May 2016 read more »