The next government should recognise energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority and commit to improving the energy performance of homes in the UK.
The call from the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) comes as it has set out key recommendations for the government ahead of the general election.
It says improving the energy efficiency of homes could cut household bills by around £270 a year and is urging the government to improve all homes to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2035.
Some of the other recommendations include:
- Setting an interim target to improve the efficiency of low income households to EPC Band C by 2025.
- Tightening building regulations to require all new homes and buildings to be zero carbon from 2020.
- Introducing binding emission reduction targets for the whole UK built environment, covering all sectors and both new build and existing buildings
- Introducing mandatory energy ratings, which measure and publicly display the actual energy performance of buildings when they are in use
- Renewing the Greening Government commitments every five years, setting targets for the reduction of emissions, water use and waste from all public buildings
- Ensuring environmental protections and climate policies are as strong following Brexit
Energy UK also recently set out key recommendations for the government.