Decarbonising housing is one of the “toughest challenges” for net zero, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned, and it is “vital” this challenge is not made harder. In a letter addressed to housing secretary Richard Jenrick and penned by CCC chair Lord Deben and chair of the adaption committee Baroness Brown, the CCC welcomed the standard and the proposals to tighten Part L of the building regulations, but warned “they do not go far enough”. The proposals to Part L – outlined in a consultation published in October 2019 – include two options for increasing energy efficiency, one with “very high” fabric standards and one with better fabric standards together with carbon saving technology such as PV. The CCC has issued a series of recommendations for the Future Homes Standard; firstly that the full definition of the policy should be set now and legislated before 2024 in order to give the market certainty. The letter points to the scrapped Zero Carbon Homes policy, which it says left many investments stranded and “weakened industry confidence”.
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