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HPA puzzled by DCLG 2013 Building Regulations announcement

The Heat Pump Association has said it’s puzzled by the announcement by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) over the implementation of the ‘2013 Building Regulations’, which will be delayed until April 2014.

Furthermore, it’s voiced concerns that ‘only a small step’ will be taken towards Carbon Neutrality in New Build Homes targeted for 2016 and Non-domestic by 2019.

In a statement it said: “This a complex subject and detail of the decision is as yet lacking, but there are 2 significant outcomes of this announcement:

1.      It means that the next step will have to be massive in order to get to the declared target of full Carbon Neutrality in the Domestic sector by 2016 and in Non domestic by 2019. This is delaying the pain, risks reducing the learning curve and will put great strain on technology and training in a short period of time, during the final ‘sprint’.

2.      The Coalition is striving to achieve a big acceleration in home building between now and 2016 and these building and occupants will not see the benefit of lower running costs as originally envisaged. We will be also creating  a legacy of buildings which will last for the next 50-100 years, all the while producing much more carbon than they need to.

HPA President, Tony Bowen, observed “that all representatives of the low energy systems such as the Heat Pump Association have supported the drive towards low energy housing which will transform both heating methodology and the energy cost basis of the home.

There is a steep learning curve for many builders and supply chains, and we are unsure of how much this new decision will help the transformation. We have striven to ensure that renewables in new build dwellings are strongly supported by any change, and wait to see the outcome.

Whatever considerations have led to this partial measure being adopted, it is essential that progress on low carbon heating systems be maintained and accelerated and that the government show its commitment to its stated objectives.”

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