Heat pumps and solar thermal are among technologies suggested by the government to help meet new carbon reduction goals.

Under the new regulations, announced by the government yesterday (15 December), CO2 emissions from new build homes from 15 June 2022 must be around 30% lower than current standards and emissions from other new buildings, including offices and shops, must be reduced by 27%.

“Installing low carbon technology, such as solar panels and heat pumps, and using materials in a more energy efficient way to keep in heat will help cut emissions – lowering the cost of energy bills for families and helping deliver the UK’s climate change ambitions,” the government said in its announcement.

Alongside this, all new residential buildings, including homes, care homes, student accommodation and children’s homes, must also be designed to reduce overheating.

The changes follow a public consultation, with the government stating they will pave the way for the Future Homes and Buildings Standard in 2025.