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Low carbon housing: the challenge
- This consultation has completed. It ran from Thursday, 28 September 2017 to Thursday, 23 November 2017
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Response to the consultation
Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation
- LCH 01 ARUP PDF 118 KB View as HTML (1) 8 KB
- LCH 02 Individual PDF 35 KB View as HTML (2) 3 KB
- LCH 03 Centrica PDF 935 KB
- LCH 04 Sustainability Consultant and Author - David Thorpe PDF 2 MB
- LCH 05 Calon Cymru Network PDF 2 MB
- LCH 06 Caerphilly County Borough Council PDF 121 KB View as HTML (6) 8 KB
- LCH 07 Sero Homes Limited PDF 608 KB
- LCH 08 Energy Saving Trust PDF 229 KB View as HTML (8) 55 KB
- LCH 09 Royal Society of Architects in Wales and Design Circle PDF 568 KB
- LCH 10 Elwy Working Woods PDF 44 KB View as HTML (10) 8 KB
- LCH 11 Woodknowledge Wales PDF 141 KB View as HTML (11) 16 KB
- LCH 12 Home Builders Federation Wales PDF 686 KB
- LCH 13 Passivhaus Trust PDF 2 MB
- LCH 14 Ofgem PDF 143 KB View as HTML (14) 80 KB
- LCH 15 Federation of Master Builders (only available in Welsh) PDF 216 KB View as HTML (15) 21 KB
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- LCH 16 Welsh Local Government Association PDF 525 KB
- LCH 17 Modern Masonry Alliance PDF 646 KB
- LCH 18 Individual - Dr Joanne Patterson PDF 331 KB View as HTML (19) 25 KB
- LCH 19 SPECIFIC PDF 6 MB
- LCH 20 Calor PDF 1 MB
- LCH 21 Community Housing Cymru PDF 786 KB
- LCH 22 Future Generations Commissioner for Wales PDF 1 MB
- LCH 23 The Institution of Civil Engineers Wales Cymru PDF 834 KB
- LCH 24 The Construction Industry Training Board 2018 (CITB Cymru Wales) PDF 688 KB
- LCH 25 Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru (RTPI Cymru) PDF 508 KB
Purpose of the consultation
Terms of reference
To assess the Welsh Government’s progress in relation to low carbon housing and to consider what needs to be done to ensure the Welsh Government achieves its commitments to meet energy efficiency and emissions reductions targets. We will explore:
- What role can housing can play in Wales’ low carbon transition, including the potential positive impacts on greenhouse gas emissions?
- The development and availability of technology needed for highly energy efficient housing;
- What changes are needed to ensure that existing housing stock is as energy efficient as it can be?
- Whether it is possible and feasible to deliver low carbon, energy positive, affordable housing at scale in Wales and, if so, how this can be achieved;
- What are the barriers to delivering transformative change in house building in Wales?
- What is the role of Ofgem and the national grid in enabling grid evolution to accommodate new types of housing, and what are the challenges presented by decentralised energy supply?
- Whether Wales has the requisite skills to facilitate and enable change in the housing sector;
- What changes are needed to Building Regulations in Wales to accelerate progress towards ‘near zero’ energy standards and beyond?
- How communities can be planned and shaped to be more energy efficient and low carbon (including examples of good practice in Wales and further afield).
The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee has a remit to scrutinise the Welsh Government’s delivery of policy and spending on climate change; energy; natural resources management; planning; animal welfare and agriculture. Our predecessor Committee of the Fourth Assembly carried out an inquiry into ‘A Smarter Energy Future for Wales’. It made a number of recommendations around housing and building regulations, including:
- The Welsh Government must urgently revise Building Regulations to ensure that all new houses are built to ‘near zero’ energy standards.
- Wales must, on completion of a successful trial of SOLCER type (low carbon and energy positive) homes at scale, move to extending its energy efficiency requirements for new homes beyond ‘near zero’ carbon to a level of efficiency where surplus energy is produced.
The Committee would like to return to these two recommendations in particular and carry out an inquiry with a view to informing policy development in this area.
Disclosure of information
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Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:
Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee
Telephone: 0300 200 6565