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Minister announces Part L efficiency targets

The consultation on changes to Part L of the building regulations has been launched with planning and housing minister John Healey promising their will be no let up on the drive for energy efficiency in homes and commercial premises.

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Speaking at an RTPI conference in central London Mr Healey said: “Despite the downturn we are taking the next steps towards zero carbon through a 25 per cent improvement on current standards for new homes built from October next year.

“The new Part L of building regulations will mean homes of the future must be built with better insulation, better low carbon lighting and better boilers.

'Today I have announced the next step towards zero carbon - a 25 per cent improvement on current standards for new homes or buildings from 2010.

'This consultation on changes to the Building Regulations means we are not only building to better standards, but making homes cheaper to heat and run for the families living in them. It could mean savings of up to £100 a year for an average home.

Other issues highlighted by Mr Healey include lifting the exemption for conservatories under Part L.

Mr Healey also repeated his support for Eco Towns to demonstrate “large scale sustainable development can take place in Britain”

RTPI president Martin Willey said: 'We have to do something and if this is perceived as increased regulation that would be wrong.

'There has to be a serious mechanism to bring about fundamental changes in energy efficiency.

'I will be interested to see what comes out in terms of schemes involving existing developments.'