City of York Council urges government to fast track its Future Homes Standard and aim for higher levels of reduction in carbon emissions from homes.
City of York Council is pushing for the government to ensure that all new and renovated homes built in York are more energy improvement.
The council has also urged the government to make compulsory the introduction of solar panels on all new homes, in an attempt to restrict carbon emissions.
The Future Homes Standard will be introduced by 2025 and according to its targets all new build homes will be future-proofed with low carbon heating and carbon emissions from homes will be reduced by 31%.
The government also expects the Future Homes Standard to lead to semi-detached homes producing 75-80% less carbon. City of York Council, however, is urging the government to aim higher.
A report produced for a City of York Council meeting said: “There is seemingly a strong appetite for significant change and that this change needs to take place sooner than 2025 to slow down the rate of carbon emissions from new dwellings.
“City of York Council would like to urge the government to move towards a compulsory requirement for [solar panels] to be installed in new buildings and renovated buildings where there are no significantly adverse implications in terms of any heritage assets.”
Planning For the Future
Tackling climate change and reducing fuel bills for current and future residents are cornerstone philosophies of the City of York’s homebuilding programme.
City of York Council is already planning to build more than 600 new homes before 2025 which adhere to low-energy Passivhaus standards.
While the installation of solar panels is suggested as an option in the Future Homes Standard proposal, the council is pushing for developers to be forced to install these panels on all new buildings in the area.
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