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New campaign urges clarity over Building Regs

The Micropower Council has launched a parliamentary campaign amid continuied uncertainties over the forthcoming 2013 Building Regulations decision. 

The document has now been circulated to the ministers, shadow ministers, the Communities and Local Government & Energy and Climate Change committees, and other MPs with a notable interest in the environment.

In a letter to the communities secretary Eric Pickles and communities minister Don Foster, Micropower chief executive Dave Sowden highlighted concerns around the continuing uncertainty on efficiency standards in Building Regulations and the effect this is having on industry growth and consumer bills.

Mr Sowden wrote that following the removal of consequential improvements, investors are unsettled and confidence is being further eroded through not only the delay in announcing the Part L changes to take effect in October 2013, but also in the prevarication of opting for the half-way point approach ahead of the 2016 zero carbon homes target.

Micropower urged the government not to miss a valuable opportunity to reduce domestic energy demand by opting for the half-way point approach in the revision of Building Regulations, due to enter into effect in October 2013.

Doing this as soon as possible and committing to the 2016 zero-carbon homes target will help boost market growth, the council argued, helping the economy and ensuring that energy reduction from new homes is maximised alongside reductions of carbon emissions and fuel bills.

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