Following a year-long campaign, Chester MP Chris Matheson has welcomed the Government consultation into changing building regulations to reflect the global climate crisis.
Chris has been fighting for robust environmental building regulations to be introduced for all new-build homes. Mr Matheson’s campaign includes a push for the installation of solar panels on all new homes where feasible.
On 1 October 2019 the Government published a consultation paper setting out their plans for the Future Homes Standard which will ‘require new build homes to be future-proofed with low carbon heating’. The plans aim to ensure that the average home built from 2025 will produce 75- 80% less carbon emissions than one built to current requirements.
Chris said: “Whilst I am thrilled that the Government have finally recognised the need to make our homes environmentally friendly, these plans are not urgent enough. The Tories do not plan to enforce the change until 2025. This change is simply too slow.
“We know that homes account for 20% of emissions in the UK. There are new homes being built every day, failing to adhere to the urgent environmental regulations which are required.
“We need to incentivise the creation of fully-sustainable, low-carbon homes.
“I have visited eco-friendly houses built by Chester constituents. They are fantastic, only using a fraction of the energy for heating compared to those built to the standards required by current building regulations.
“Current building regulations don’t incentivise construction of such environmentally friendly homes. The Government have backtracked time and time again on this issue, unwilling to stand up to big building companies who benefit from the current lax rules. We urgently need stringent building regulations, mandating greener approach to construction.
“I will continue to follow this consultation closely and push the Government to make the homes of the future sustainable. “