Monday, 05 October 2015

MP calls for compulsory solar panels on new homes

The Conservative MP for Carlisle has called for the fitting of solar panels to be compulsory on all new build homes.

John Stevenson asked communities minister Andrew Stunell if he would introduce the requirement as part of changes to building regulations during Communities and Local Government department questions on Monday.

Mr Stunell said proposals in the consultation on the latest regulations ‘will go a long way towards what he is seeking to achieve’.

The consultation on Part L of the building regulations, which covers conservation of fuel and power, requires landlords carrying out extensions or improvements to homes to undertake energy efficiency work.

However it also proposes cutting a 2013 carbon reduction target for new homes from 25 per cent on 2002 levels to just 8 per cent.

The consultation closes on 27 March.

Inside Housing is conducting a survey of energy efficiency measures with Willmott Dixon. Take part to have a chance of winning £500 of Marks & Spencer vouchers.

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