Heat and Energy Saving Strategy
The UK Government?s Heat and Energy Saving Strategy (HESS) aims for emissions from existing buildings to be approaching zero by 2050. This involves increasing the scope and ambition of energy saving measures, as well as decarbonising the generation and supply of heat.
The key policy proposals are:
- All homes to have received (by 2030) a ?whole house? package including all cost-effective energy saving measures, plus renewable heat and electricity measures, as appropriate. All lofts and cavity walls to be insulated, where practical, by 2015
- Comprehensive information and advice to be made available to help people make changes to save energy and save money ? including widespread availability of home energy advice by accredited advisers
- Development of new ways to provide financial support so people can make more substantial energy saving and renewable energy improvements to their homes through mechanisms that allow costs to be more than offset by energy bill savings
- Consideration of whether a new delivery model is needed, to allow a more coordinated approach to rolling out improvements to homes and communities, house-by-house and street-by-street
- Consideration of widening requirements under Building Regulations to carry out energy saving measures alongside certain types of building work, and consideration of a new voluntary code of practice with the building trade on energy efficiency and low carbon energy
- A new focus on district heating in suitable communities, and removing barriers to their development
- Encouragement of combined heat and power and better use of surplus heat through carbon pricing mechanisms.