The Welsh Assembly Government has announced plans that will see the region lead the way in new green homes, setting the UK’s highest energy efficiency standards to date.
Starting in 2013, new flats and homes in Wales will have to employ a range of technologies including heat pumps, photovoltaics, solar hot water and better insulation to reduce emissions and fuel bills. According to an article in Energy Efficiency News, the weekly energy costs for heating, lighting and hot water in these new green homes could be as little as £7.50.
The Government says it will consult on detailed proposals during 2012, but expects to suggest that new regulations will initially require a 55 percent reduction in carbon emissions compared with 2006 levels.
“The task in setting a target for the first changes has been to find the most environmentally progressive balance between reducing energy demand and maintaining a healthy housing market attractive to construction companies and developers,” says Environment Minister Jane Davidson.