Does your development answer the Committee on Climate Change’s new future fitness test?
The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) report titled UK housing: Fit for the future? gives us a lot to consider. The report lobbies government departments to act further against the impacts of climate change related to the housing sector. They highlight the following themes:
- Climate proofing existing houses;
- Capacity building for compliance officers;
- Improving skills for installing renewables;
- Prioritise retrofitting existing homes;
- Low carbon and ultra-energy efficient new homes;
- Stop connecting new homes to the natural gas grid from 2025;
- Drive change by increasing government and co-funding opportunities;
- Educate home owners.
The key impacts of these on future energy strategies include:
- Limiting heat loss from new homes to 15-20 kWh/annum. This means super insulated homes and very low air permeability. For instance, thermal elements meeting Passivhaus and air permeability rates as low as 1.5 m³/m².h;
- Combustion plant will not become redundant. In fact, the report expects the availability of a hydrogen network within 30 years. Hydrogen is a clean fuel that can replace natural gas.;
- Electric heating is unlikely to mean panel radiators. The expectation is for electric heat pumps. This is where the cool natural environment is used for a mechanical process that results in heat. This means centrally distributed heating may be advantageous.
If you would like further information on ensuring your development is future ready please contact us.