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Future building regs must 'encourage' electrical heating

Building regulations need to encourage electric heating and not victimise it – according to the chief executive of The Electric Heating and Ventilation Association (TEHVA).

Kelly Butler argues in his article on that the Government must ensure the option of electric heating is properly integrated into designs for new homes where appropriate.

He says a failure to do so would be damaging when further progress is made towards decarbonising the electricity grid in the coming decades through the expansion of renewables and improvements to the UK’s energy infrastructure.

He said: “It is clear that as the generation of electricity de-carbonises, any form of heating that uses electricity increases in carbon defined popularity.

“But de-carbonisation is some way off yet and it takes a big leap of faith in political terms to guide us towards a more strategic set of policy instruments that appreciate that the services of the future need to built into the houses of today.

“In other words, building regulations should be encouraging electric heating and not discouraging it.”

To see Mr Butler’s views in full click here.

Click here to read the article 'Electrical heating to overtake gas by 2018'