The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today largely welcomed the long delayed Government response to last year’s consultation on proposed changes to Part L of the Building Regulations but has warned the UK’s ambitions to reduce carbon emissions though the built environment will now face an uphill struggle.
RIBA Head of External Affairs, Anna Scott-Marshall said:
'The Government’s response today will provide much needed clarity to the UK construction industry which we welcome.
'These new measures however, are far less ambitious than previously proposed. We will only be a third of the way along the improvement needed for zero carbon homes by 2016. Our collective attempts to achieve affordable zero carbon homes with low energy costs for consumers will suffer greatly because housebuilders haven’t been encouraged enough by Government.'
The RIBA also expressed disappointment with the Government’s confirmation to scrap plans for consequential improvements. Scott-Marshall added: 'This wasn’t the dreaded “conservatory tax” that some had implied, it was a realistic and feasible way of encouraging wide spread uptake in the Green Deal when making home improvements. The Government’s claim that it’s the greenest ever now seems implausible.'