Clearview South January 2014 - Issue 146 - Page 48

ENERGYEFFICIENCY CALL TO KEEP CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES SLAMMED The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has slammed the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s report into the Code for Sustainable Homes and the Housing Standards Review as “onesided” and called on the Committee to re-examine the evidence. The Committee’s report calls on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to reconsider plans outlined in the recent Housing Standards Review consultation to phase out the Code for Sustainable Homes and questioned its plans to rationalise technical standards through a set of tiered national standards. Brian Berry, FMB Chief Executive, said: “For years, the building industry has had to negotiate a proliferation of competing, overlapping and sometimes contrary local and national standards. These have added unnecessary complexity and cost to the house building industry, and have had a disproportionate impact on smaller firms and smaller developments.” Berry concluded: “The Code for Sustainable Homes may have served a useful purpose in setting and driving standards for sustainable building, but as the Standards Review recognised, the Government’s policy on zero carbon homes has now outstripped any need for the Code. It must be recognised that current energy efficiency standards required under Part L of the Building Regulations, and the proposed uplift in standards due to be implemented in 2014, are already extremely ambitious and highly challenging for the industry. The idea that local authorities would be looking to set higher standards still is baff