Builders' Merchants News
New scheme to tackle energy efficiency
Published:  08 March, 2013

The Government is to fund an industry-wide scheme to tackle the poor energy performance of new-build homes. The first set of recommendations for how to improve the performance of homes will be made next year.

The study by the Government and manufacturing and construction industries will look at where some new-build homes are failing to meet expectations, from building materials to construction practices.

Don Foster, building regulations minister, announced the scheme at Ecobuild saying he wanted to make homes in the UK the “most energy efficient possible”.

“From today, government and industry will be working hand in hand to ensure new-build homes live up to expectations and drive energy bills down for householders.

“The alternative would be further regulation of industry but I do not want to add red tape and financial burdens that would just be passed on to already-struggling homebuyers. Instead I want to work with industry to improve standards and performance in practice.”

The Government will provide £380,000 for the scheme with a further £1m of cash and in-kind support from industry.