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Part L consultation proposals - a small step forward for renewables
Submitted: 22 July 2004
The RPA Solar Resource Group has today welcomed publication of the Governments Part L Building Regulations Review Consultation paper. The Government recommends that small and micro renewables be brought into the scope of Part L for the very first time.
From 2005, the Government proposes that developers have a choice to meet the new Part L carbon emission standards in buildings other than dwellings either solely through energy efficiency measures or through a combination of energy efficiency, renewables such as solar PV and CHP.
Jeremy Leggett, RPA Solar Group Chairman, said “this is a positive day for solar PV and other micro renewables but it is small step forward rather than the big leap we were hoping for. Peter Hain’s recent call for solar PV and solar thermal to be mandatory in all new housing could have formed the centre piece of the Part L consultation. It’s a proposition that could be applied here viably from 2005/6 and without waiting for the next part L review planned for 2010.”
Independent research carried out for the Office of the Deputy Prime Ministers Part L Industry Advisory Groups earlier this year, demonstrated that the amount of solar PV required to reduce carbon emissions by 10% in a new three-bed semi built to 2002 Building Regulations standards was just 0.47 kWp, costing 2500 according to latest Energy Saving Trust figures.

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