New energy efficiency rating to be introduced for homes
The Code for Sustainable Homes, a rating system introduced by the
government in 2007, is set to receive an overhaul to make it easier
for consumers to understand, housing and planning minister John
Healey has announced.
It currently has a rating system which awards a property between
one and six stars depending on how it performs in areas such as
waste, energy use, materials and water.
Mr Healey said: "Our homes account for a quarter of UK carbon
emissions, so it's clear that they are a vital part of our efforts
to tackle climate change."
Under the proposals, the rating system will allow for the stricter
energy efficiency rules due to come into force with new buildings
regulations next year.
He added that the new standards will allow homeowners to save money
on bills and prepare their homes for the tougher regulations set to
be introduced as the government strives to reach its 34 per cent
emissions cut target by 2020.