Tougher rules for greener homes

New rules designed to improve the environmental performance of new homes are to be introduced, the government has announced.

The plans to reinforce the Code for Sustainable Homes, introduced in 2007, have been unveiled by housing minister Grant Shapps.

The new rules will be more closely aligned with the latest building regulations, often going beyond the newest standards for carbon emission minimisation in homes.

New homes will be rated one to six, with six indicating the highest level of sustainable development.

Shapps said: “Over a quarter of the country’s carbon emissions come from our homes, and if we’re serious about tackling climate change we need to reduce this.”

The Carbon Reduction Department of commercial recycler and social welfare charity, Recycling Lives, provides a complete carbon reduction solution to both new and old properties, from initial consultancy to the supply of energy efficient products and materials.

Recycling Lives Carbon Reduction Department Manager, Steve Lauri, said: “Our service provides a complete carbon reduction solution that will reduce the carbon footprint of buildings old and new.

“Domestic properties are a key cause of carbon emissions, and Recycling Lives is perfectly placed to help improve this under these new rules.”