Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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.

Readers' comments (14)

  • Tend to agree with Torres: set the outcome required and let the architects and builders decide how to meet it.

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  • Housing Troll

    Perhaps all metaphorical horses should be held until 3M perfect its sticky, see-through PVs and then we can plaster every single window with them instead; http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/smart-takes/new-3m-film-opens-door-for-flexible-lightweight-solar-panels/11590

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  • Garibaldi

    Insulate - A rate - Generate.
    The point is missed if the concentration is focussed on new build - will be a smaller proportion of total UK housing stock for some time to come. Therefore - do a good job on energy efficient new stock but invest more in refurb on existing stock. Please don't shout 'Green Deal' at me - I'm talking about meaningful investment in bringing older stock up to date that doesn't depend on an unknown!

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  • we have solar panels on are roof and no we don t face the optimum direction but we still get good power and at night it still works sending power back to the grid.look at the solar map for bristol and you will see how it works.

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