This section will highlight new and amended legislation which is of relevance to the industry. A selected list of new laws and regulations is also available in the Knowledge Portal.
Zero Carbon Homes
In July 2015, the Government confirmed that the zero carbon buildings policy first announced in 2007 will be dropped. As a result of this change, both the 2016 zero carbon homes target and the 2019 target for non-domestic zero carbon buildings will be dropped, and there will be no changes to Part L in any form during 2016. The Productivity Plan states that the Government ‘does not intend to proceed with the zero carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme, or the proposed 2016 increase in on-site energy efficiency standards, but will keep energy efficiency standards under review, recognising that existing measures to increase energy efficiency of new buildings should be allowed time to become established.’ CIBSE wil now be focusing on the nearly zero energy buildings requirement of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which the UK has to deliver by 2021 (and 2019 in the public sector).
In July 2015, the Government decided to stop funding the Green Deal Finance Company which had been set up to lend money to Green Deal providers. The Green Deal had been introduced to help people make energy saving improvements to their homes and to find the best way to pay for them. Improvements include insulation, draught-proofing, double glazing and renewable generation. The Government has no new scheme in place to succeed the Green Deal.