Plans to introduce a simpler code for sustainable homes could be introduced by housing and planning minister John Healey to encourage more homeowners to pursue cheap energy rates.
The existing code assesses a range of elements in new UK homes such as waste, energy efficiency and carbon emissions and allocates a rating between one and six as a result.
However, Mr Healey plans to overhaul the system to make it easier for consumers to follow and encourage more homebuilders to target higher efficiency levels, especially as the code remains voluntary.
Mr Healey said: "The code has proved its worth but now is the time to make it a more user-friendly standard for consumers. In the future, this will help drive uptake so people will save more money on bills and reduce the carbon footprint of new homes."
Homeowners can make their properties more energy-efficient by installing cavity wall and loft insulation and by using energy-saving light bulbs.
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