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Energy Efficiency

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to include within building regulations a requirement that all new public buildings should be designed to include measures for energy-saving and energy-producing; and if she will make a statement. (114597)

[holding answer 11 January 2007]: Such requirements are already in place. The energy efficiency provisions in the building regulations apply whenever new buildings, including new public buildings, are constructed. Without prescribing solutions, the regulations set standards for energy performance in a way that enables builders to take into account the benefits of renewable and on-site energy generating systems, thus encouraging their take-up.