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Energy Efficiency U-Turn

25 Jun 2009

It is understood that measures were removed at the last minute.

The government has scrapped proposals that would have forced homeowners building extensions to improve the energy efficiency of the rest of their property.

The draft consultation on the 2010 Part L of the Building Regulations, launched by John Healey, the housing minister, last week, was supposed to include measures for 'consequential improvements' in existing homes. This would have meant that homeowners who substantially altered their properties through refurbishment or add extensions, would have to take reasonable, cost effective steps to making their homes more energy efficient. However, it is understood that these measures were removed at the last minute.

David Strong, chief executive of Inbuilt, said: "To not even consult on this beggars belief. On the one hand you've got Ed Miliband committing the government to reducing carbon emissions by 80% together with the recent consultation on the existing stock saying how important it is to reduce emissions from existing buildings if the government is going to hit its targets. Yet they've decided not to consult on the single most important measure that could help them to do this."

The launch of the Part L consultation document comes on the same day that the government outlined its five-point plan on how the UK can reduce carbon emissions.