Building Code Change: Small Step for UK Renewables

August 10, 2004 [] Solarcentury — a solar energy installation company that often acts as a bellwether for solar energy issues in the UK — has welcomed publication of the Government’s Part L Building Regulations Review Consultation paper. The Government recommends that small and micro renewables be brought into the scope of Part L for the very first time. From 2005, the Government proposes that developers have a choice to meet the new Part L carbon emission standards in buildings other than dwellings either solely through energy efficiency measures or through a combination of energy efficiency, renewables such as solar PV and CHP (combined heat and power). Independent research carried out for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Part L Industry Advisory Groups earlier this year, demonstrated that the amount of solar PV required to reduce carbon emissions by 10% in a new three-bed semi built to 2002 Building Regulations standards was just 0.47 kWp, costing ý2500 (US$ 4,600) according to latest Energy Saving Trust figures. Jeremy Leggett, solarcentury’s Chief Executive said “this is a positive day for solar PV and other micro renewables but it is small step forward rather than the big leap we were hoping for. Peter Hain’s recent call for solar PV and solar thermal to be mandatory in all new housing could have formed the center piece of the Part L consultation. It’s a proposition that could be applied here viably from 2005/6 and without waiting for the next part L review planned for 2010.”
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