Spring statement to encourage low-carbon homes

Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to introduce low-carbon standards for new build homes as part of the Treasury’s spring statement to be announced on Wednesday

Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to introduce low-carbon standards for new-build homes as part of the Treasury’s spring statement to be announced on Wednesday.

The Treasury has said that Hammond will unveil a Future Homes Standard requiring all new build homes to have low-carbon heating and “world-leading” levels of energy efficiency, which will help halve the energy use of all new-build properties by 2030.

The Committee on Climate Change warned in February that housing developers are building homes that are “not fit of the future”. Committee chief executive Chris Stark told ENDS the UK must see “real action from the government to improve the quality of the housing stock”, including “urgent” Treasury funding for low-carbon heating.

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