asked Her Majesty's Government:
What steps they are taking to ensure that the impact of local government microgeneration targets is not diminished by proposals to improve energy efficiency in revisions to Part L of the building regulations. [HL2481]
The 2006 amendment to Part L introduced new provisions that require microgeneration and other low or zero carbon systems to be considered at the design stage. At the same time this department published a new guide for designers. This is non-prescriptive and complementary to the achievement of local government microgeneration targets. The Government have announced that the building regulations energy performance standards are to be improved over time to encourage zero carbon designs for new buildings. The links with all microgeneration initiatives are therefore set to continue.