UK housing currently accounts for 15% of the UK’s carbon emissions. That makes for pretty daunting reading considering the government plans to provide new build housing by 2025 that does not use fossil fuel heating, as part of the Future Homes Standard.
The proposed Standard closely mirrors the report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report:, UK Housing: Fit for the Future, and is expected to influence the revision of Part L of the Building Regulations later this year.
The correct installation of insulation limits heat loss through the building envelope which results in less heating being needed and lower fuel bills. Furthermore it will significantly reduce air leakage, which also prevents heat loss.
The correct installation of energy efficiency measures, such as insulation, has been addressed by the government’s release of PAS 2035 which has led to the creation of properly regulated retrofit schemes. Such schemes are designed to build confidence in the installation of energy efficiency measures for the UK's existing 29 million houses - essential if the government is to meet its climate objectives.
Before a house is constructed it must first undergo a SAP calculation to determine if it is compliant with local building regulations/ standards. A property’s SAP score can be improved with the installation of energy efficiency measures (such as insulation) but also Solar PV, heat pumps, the former which can reduce the amount of electricity you use for heating by as much as 40%.
To find out more about the building compliance process, you can get in touch with the team here, who will be happy to advise you on your project.
Article published 19th August 2019