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Zero Carbon Homes for London comes into force October 2016

The next stage of the Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance – Standard 35 – Zero Carbon Homes comes into force from the 1st October 2016 as set out in the Mayor’s Sustainable Design and Construction SPG 2014. In contrast to the Governments recent decision to shelve the Zero Carbon Homes Policy (as reported earlier) and the Governments guidance that local planning Authorities should not set energy standard requirements above those set out in the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The … Continue reading

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Zero Carbon Homes policy axed despite opposition from the Lords

The government has succeeded in scrapping the Zero Carbon Homes policy, despite opposition in the House of Lords. Last week we reported on the attempt by the lords to reinstate some of the zero carbon homes measures in an amendment to the housing and planning bill. This sparked additional debate in parliament. However, on 11 May 2016 the government defeated the amendment in the lords, by a margin of just four votes. The bill is now being passed into law. In … Continue reading

Energy consultancy southampton

Airtight new homes creating serious health problems – Evidence of poor ventilation in 200-home study

High levels of airtightness and poor ventilation are building up major health problems in new housing, according to a study by Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (Mearu). Researchers uncovered serious indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in a wide range of new homes that had been built to be ‘airtight’ and, as a result, were increasing instances of asthma and other respiratory problems in occupants. Mearu studied 200 modern homes and found ‘widespread evidence of poor ventilation, with … Continue reading

Energy consultancy Portsmouth

Lords reject Government decision to scrap zero-carbon homes

The Government’s efforts to scale-back on key green policies has been blocked, after the House of Lords voted to reintroduce on-site carbon compliance standards for homes and extend the grace period criteria for onshore wind farm subsidies. The Treasury announced last summer it would be scrapping regulations on house building including a planned increase in on-site energy efficiency standards in order to streamline development. The Government was defeated in a House of Lords vote on the zero-carbon homes amendment yesterday … Continue reading

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MINIMUM ENERGY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS – MEES

FROM 1ST APRIL 2018 PRIVATE NON DOMESTIC (AND DOMESTIC) LANDLORDS IN ENGLAND AND WALES LETTING OR RENEWING LEASES WILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR PROPERTIES REACH AT LEAST AN ‘E’ RATED EPC UNLESS CERTAIN EXEMPTIONS APPLY. As highly experienced SBEM assessors using Designbuilder, Energy Report can model your building or portfolio and advise on areas of potential non-compliance. We can model multiple potential improvements if necessary to find the most cost effective solution if any are Band ‘F’ or ‘G’ as well … Continue reading