Government outlines drive towards greener buildings

The government has unveiled a £3bn plan to upgrade buildings across England, making them greener and cheaper to run.

On 30 September, it announced that its £2bn Green Homes Grant had now opened, enabling homeowners to upgrade their homes and save up to £600 a year on their energy bills. The scheme should improve the energy efficiency of over 600,000 homes. As well as this, its plan includes £1bn to boost the energy efficiency of public sector buildings, such as schools and hospitals, through a Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund, new measures to ensure almost 3mn privately rented homes are upgraded to modern energy efficiency standards by 2028 and £50mn to improve the energy efficiency of social housing.

The measures announced will also support over 100,000 jobs in green construction across the UK, forming a key part of the government’s plan to build back greener, post coronavirus, and reach net zero by 2050.

The government has also announced the launch of a new digital service to help homeowners improve the energy performance of their homes and cut energy bills. Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher made the announcement, with the service to make it easier to find an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessor. It will enable policy makers to gather high quality data to understand the energy performance of the existing housing stock. The online register will continue to house searchable data on over 27mn energy assessments, ensuring that residents and landlords are able to obtain their EPC and take action to improve the energy performance of their property.

BEIS Ministry of Housing