The recent UK Budget has reinforced the government’s commitment to sticking with its target of achieving zero carbon homes by 2016 (Paragraph – 1.109). They also announced a response will be given to the energy efficiency requirements in buildings regulations ‘Part L’ by May 2013.
However, the government’s overall goal to achieve zero carbon may provide challenging as it has already missed its own target to provide a revised document Part L by April 2013, which, would have given the industry six months to prepare for the changes. This has caused confusion if to weather the announcement in May will also be enforced in October or if another consultation will be required after May.
Overall, for the government to achieve its target ministers need to decide swiftly.