UK Green Building Council has laid out a three-point plan for the government to consider
Insulating Britain’s draughty houses, overhauling the planning system, and preventing housebuilders from selling sub-standard homes would all cut people’s energy bills and help set the UK on track to net zero greenhouse gas emissions, green building experts are to tell ministers.
The UK Green Building Council (UKGCB) has laid out a three-point plan for the government to consider, which would reduce energy waste and carbon dioxide, and will present it to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Tuesday. The charity has assessed current polices on buildings and judged most to be “red-rated”, meaning detailed policy frameworks are missing, flawed, or do not put the UK on track to meeting net zero.
The building experts are concerned that there are almost no policies to encourage and support owner occupiers to decarbonise their homes. Although there are some schemes for people on lower incomes, these are poorly funded and will be slow to reach many people.
“While the government has introduced some funds and initiatives for those in fuel poverty, these reach a small fraction of the homes that need attention,” the UKGBC found in its policy assessment.