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Housing: Energy

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to use building regulation standards to promote (a) energy efficiency, (b) modern heating systems including solar thermal and (c) microgeneration. (135726)

Part L of the Building Regulations is concerned with the conservation of fuel and power. The provisions were amended in April 2006 to raise energy efficiency standards and change the method of showing compliance. Without prescribing solutions, this new approach and associated calculation tools, take into account the low carbon benefits of solar thermal and other microgeneration systems, thus encouraging their use. Guidance was published alongside the Part L changes to highlight the contribution that these technologies can make. These standards are kept under review and the Government have signalled the next comprehensive amendment will come into effect around 2010.