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Low carbon housing: the challenge

The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee has a remit to scrutinise the Welsh Government’s delivery of policy and spending on climate change; energy; natural resources management; planning; animal welfare and agriculture.  Our predecessor Committee of the Fourth Assembly carried out an inquiry into ‘A Smarter Energy Future for Wales’.  It made a number of recommendations around housing and building regulations, including:

  • The Welsh Government must urgently revise Building Regulations to ensure that all new houses are built to ‘near zero’ energy standards.
  • Wales must, on completion of a successful trial of SOLCER type (low carbon and energy positive) homes at scale, move to extending its energy efficiency requirements for new homes beyond ‘near zero’ carbon to a level of efficiency where surplus energy is produced.

The Committee would like to return to these two recommendations in particular and carry out an inquiry with a view to informing policy development in this area.

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First published: 26/09/2017

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