Ministers to scrap current green rules
The Welsh Government has made moves to scrap the code for sustainable homes in a bid to simplify energy-efficiency regulations.
It is proposing stronger rules to make sure homes are as energy efficient as possible, which would replace the old regulations and move closer to the target of ensuring all new build homes are zero carbon by 2020.
The new rules could require house builders to reduce the carbon output of all new homes by 25 per cent compared with 2010 targets by 2014 as an interim measure, before a review in 2016. Alternatively, it could require a 40 per cent improvement on 2010 targets for all new housing by 2015.
Currently, new homes only have to achieve an 8 per cent improvement.
Welsh environment minister John Griffiths outlined plans to change part L of the current building regulations on Tuesday. This could involve phasing out the current code for sustainable homes, as well as other policies such as TAN 22, an advisory document for sustainability.
Figures in the consultation show the increased energy efficiency could cost house builders up to an extra £4,200 per dwelling.
Richard Price, planning and policy advisor for Wales at the Home Builders Federation, said in the current financial climate, more stringent building regulations were a worry. ‘We’re concerned about the impact on affordable housing delivery because the changes will take up a substantial chunk of funding,’ he said.
The Northern Irish Government proposed similar measures earlier this year.
The 12-week consultation ends on 23 October.