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25% improvement in new building efficiency standards is tough target, but the right one says RTPI

03 July 2009

The Royal Town Planning Institute has responded to the announcement by John Healey MP, Minister for Housing and Planning at the RTPI Planning Convention that in the forthcoming 2010 revision of Part L Building Regulations, the Government will be setting a new requirement that all new buildings, whether domestic or non domestic, will have to deliver at least a 25% improvement on current energy efficiency standards.

Robert Upton, Secretary-General of the RTPI said: \"To adopt this 25% improvement in 2010 will be tough but this is a bold decision which we welcome and fully support. If we are to achieve our targeted reduction of carbon emissions of 20% by 2020 as the Minister indicated, we have to act now. The Government is demonstrating its clear commitment to delivering a long term solution to our climate change challenge and is not being blown off target by the current economic situation. It's time for planners, architects and developers to step up to the mark and respond to this challenge.\"

Responding in other announcements in the Minister's speech at the RTPI convention, Mr. Upton welcomed the Minister's announcement of a new initiative, backed up with funding, to incentivise the use of Local Development Orders.

Robert Upton said: \"We have been calling for this initiative for some time. Local Planning Authorities need to see demonstrable benefits from using Local Development Orders and to work through the practical issues around their preparation and implementation. A funded pilot will be an extremely valuable and timely way of achieving this.\"