Next UK Government urged to prioritise energy efficiency

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 […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

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.