Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Energy Efficiency Rules Are in Pipeline

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Energy Efficiency Rules Are in Pipeline

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Byline: By James Thompson

The recent introduction of condensing boilers with an "A" efficiency rating is just one way in which we are all being encouraged to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, which the Government hopes by 2010 will save one million tonnes of carbon per year.

Following up on recent changes to the requirements for installation of condensing boilers, further new measures to make buildings more energy efficient are due to come into effect on April 6 this year.

In order to meet the principles of a new European Directive, sections of the Building Regulations dealing with ventilation and conservation of fuel and power are to be amended. The directive lays down requirements for:

* The calculation of energy performance of buildings.

* Minimum requirements for the energy performance of new buildings.

* Minimum requirements for the energy performance of large existing buildings which undergo major renovation.

* Energy certification for buildings.

* Regular inspection of boilers and air conditioning systems and assessment of boilers more than 15 years old.

The requirements for energy performance certificates to be issued, detailing the building's energy performance, whenever a residential or commercial building is constructed, sold or rented is still some way off. From next month, maximum CO2 emission levels will be set and all new residential development receiving Government funding will need to meet a new Code for Sustainable Buildings. …

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