Government pushes low carbon buildings in new rules

The Government is pushing forward with proposals to cut carbon emissions in new and existing buildings. Its latest consultation on building laws is aimed at ushering in a wave of […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Government is pushing forward with proposals to cut carbon emissions in new and existing buildings. Its latest consultation on building laws is aimed at ushering in a wave of zero-carbon homes.

Communities Minister Andrew Stunell this week announced the consultation on plans to change building regulations. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) claims the changes will make it easier for people to make homes and businesses more efficient by cutting back on red tape.

Launching the consultation, Mr Stunell said: “Improving the energy efficiency of our existing buildings through the Green Deal and ensuring that all new homes are zero carbon by 2016 is a top priority. But we need to do this in a way that doesn’t add to the regulatory burden on businesses.”

The DCLG believes homeowners will save money by increasing the number of simple, electrical DIY jobs that can be carried out without the need for a building inspector. It suggests this will lighten the burden on local authorities who inspect work.