zondag 15 maart 2009
Energy efficiency impact queried
I already published a blog in which the UK government wants to tackle the problem of energy efficiency in the British households. A lot of measures are taken, a lot of plans are made. But MP’s are warning! The plans of the UK government are failing, unless builders are forced to comply with new regulations.
Energy consumption by UK households had fallen, but the efficiency levels lagged behind some EU countries. The MP also added the minsters have to set up clear plans. The government wants the energy use of the households to fall by 11% in 2010, another 2% in 2016, all compared with levels between 2001 and 2005.
More than 80% of efficiency savings by 2020 have to come from changes to building regulations. Till now, the work of builders and suppliers wasn’t under the direct control of Whitehall departments.
Households are still using 8% more energy than in 1990. It’s quite evident that the usage of energy will rise as more homes are getting built. Another problem is that most of the people are using more electric appliances than in the past.
The government wants to put more control on the building control officers. So they want them to be trained, so they could use their power more effectively to enforce the energy savings in the building regulations. The government established that little is known from the current building regulations in order to save energy. The consequence of this all: effectiveness of the regulations on energy performance in practice is uncertain.
It’s a good thing that the government really is concerned about the problem of energy waste. They want to introduce new measures, they want to be more strict. But I have the feeling that there is no cohesion between all the new introductions. The government should set up a clear plan, a plan for more than just a couple of months. A well-organised and structured plan for a couple of years should be a greathfull help for everyone. So the building control officers will know better what the government really is expecting…
Posted by Joachim De Zutter