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Housing: Sustainable Development

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the basis was for the decision not to require new homes funded through the Housing Corporation from April 2008 to meet higher standard than Code Level 3 for Sustainable Homes. (168652)

Code Level 3 is already a very high standard and significantly beyond current Building Regulations for Energy/CO2 emissions. For the Housing Corporation it will be a minimum requirement to build to Code Level 3 for the forthcoming 2008-11 Affordable Housing Programme. This ensures that Government-funded housing is leading the way in the drive towards sustainable housing. The energy requirements within Code Level 3 will become part of the Building Regulations in 2010.