Plans to tackle bills from energy suppliers and reduce emissions by regulating the minimum efficiency of home extensions have been left out of a consultation draft.
Legislation for building regulations due to come into force next year were supposed to contain clauses ensuring that new conservatories or other housing extensions were built to energy-efficient standards, but this is absent from a draft of the consultation, reports Energy Efficiency News.
John Fiennes, director for sustainable buildings and climate change at the Department for Communities and Local Government, said all the available options are to be considered by new housing minister John Healey.
Industry experts including Andrew Warren, director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy, have warned that the UK will fall behind the rest of Europe if tougher measures relating to domestic housing are not taken soon.
Setting minimum standards could cost more for homeowners in the short-term, but they could have monetary and environmental benefits in the years to come.
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