Housebuilders reject green homes proposal

Published:  14 May, 2012

LONDON: Housebuilders have called for the Government to drop its proposed upgrade to energy efficiency regulations, as the industry works out how well existing homes are performing.

The House Builders' Federation (HBF) said the government should scrap the proposed 2013 increase in the energy performance of new build homes in its submission to the government's Part L consultation, which concluded last month.

The submission, backed by housing association lobby group the National Housing Federation (NHF), also asked the Government to drop its proposed 'quality assurance' method of testing.

In January the government proposed that house builders accredited in the quality assurance method PAS increase the energy performance of new homes in 2013 by an average of 8%. Those not accredited would be expected to upgrade it by 11% more than 2010 regulations.

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