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Government to Introduce Future Homes Standard

Among the many common threats of global warming, greenhouse gasses have been highlighted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) as having an immense impact on the environment. Until the year 2040, around 93% of the world’s carbon capacity is predicted to be in use, leaving little room for future projects without contributing to a great increase in global temperatures.

Expanding on the issue, Dr Faith Birol, Executive Director of IEA told the Guardian, “We have no room to build anything that emits CO2 emissions. We are eating up to 95% of the [carbon] budget, even if we don’t do anything else. Which of course is possible, not building any more trucks or power plants.”

In addition to this, it was calculated by the IEA that the current pre-existing projects are expected to be producing around 550 gigatonnes of CO2 to 2040, leaving as little as 40 gigatonnes of emissions left for any further infrastructure.

With the intention of walking towards a “carbon-neutral future”, the government will move to a Future Homes Standard method and according to chancellor Philip Hammond, this upcoming scheme is set to mark the “ending of fossil fuel heating systems” in all new homes by 2025.

When fossil fuels are burned, they emit high levels of carbon dioxide, contributing greatly to the greenhouse effect, and it is this pollution that is causing masses of collateral damage regarding global warming.

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By 2025, all new build homes must adopt “world leading levels” of energy efficiency as a way of evolving on the prime minister’s goal from the Industrial’s Strategy Grand Challenge, with the aim of halving the amount of energy use by the year 2030.

Around 40% of the total energy use within the UK is used for heating and powering buildings, influencing strategies to decrease the output of energy waste in homes across the UK. Steps such as cutting household energy bills, reducing the demand for energy and approaching the long-term goal of boosting economic growth with the intention of reducing the carbon levels will be put into place within the upcoming projects.

In addition to these statements made, the chancellor added that the government has plans to aid the construction of 30,000 affordable new homes with a guarantee of up to £3 billion borrowing by English Housing Association.

Another pipeline task is unlocking up to 37,000 homes, including Old Oak Common, by using £171 million out of the £5.5 billion invested into Housing Infrastructure Fund.

As we are stepping towards a greener future, the government expects to see a great decrease in the industrial impact of energy waste in both construction and general dwelling-usage. As the global temperature rises, the amount of energy used in homes across the UK is bringing to light the affect of extensive energy to waste and the urgency to take action and prevent further damage.

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