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Passivhaus pledges in 2019 election manifestos

As the election looms we look at the Parties' housing policies. It is encouraging to see all manifestos acknowledge the impact of the built environment sector on the climate crisis. 

Building more & upgrading existing homes to higher energy-efficiency standards has been identified in the Labour & Plaid Cymru manifestos. The Liberal Democrat and Green Party manifestos go one step further,  naming the Passivhaus Standard as part of the solution.  

In a declared climate emergency, build quality mustn't suffer over quantity. Key messages from the Trust's Passivhaus Social Housing Campaign and route to zero carbon paper are echoed in multiple manifestos and we are optimistic that the construction sector can respond with rapid industrialisation to deliver high quality, low carbon buildings.


Labour Party 2019 election manifestoLABOUR

Economy & Energy Pg 15

We will upgrade almost all of the UK’s 27 million homes to the highest energy-efficiency standards, reducing the average household energy bill by £417 per household per year by 2030 and eliminating fuel poverty. We will introduce a zero-carbon homes standard for all new homes. 

Labour pledges billions for home energy upgrades

Liberal Democrats 2019 election manifesto

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

Warm Homes and Lower Energy Bills Pg 42

Require all new homes and non-domestic buildings to be built to a zero-carbon standard (where as much energy is generated on-site, through renewable sources, as is used), by 2021, rising to a more ambitious (‘Passivhaus’) standard by 2025.

Lib Dems promise all new homes will meet Passivhaus standards

Plaid Cymru manifesto 2019

PLAID CYMRU

Housing Pg 19

£3bn home energy efficiency programme which will stimulate job creation, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.


Green Party Manifesto 2019GREEN PARTY

The Green New Deal for housing Pg 13

Empower local authorities to bring empty homes back into use and create a total of 100,000 new homes for social rent (council homes) a year, built to the Passivhaus or equivalent standard. This standard will see these new homes use 90% less energy for space heating than the average home, significantly reducing household bills.

Transform the planning system and building regulations, so that all new buildings built by private developers are built to the Passivhaus standard (or to a standard that delivers energy efficiency at an equivalent or better level). We will enable self-build development that meets the same standards.

Greens promise a planning system supportive of renewable energy and the Passivhaus standard

Conservative party manifesto 2019CONSERVATIVE

Fight climate change & protect the environment Pg 55

We will help lower energy bills by investing £9.2 billion in the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals

SNP 2019 election manifestoSNP

Climate Change Pg 29

Support substantial reforms to the UK tax system to support greener choices, including a greener tax deal for heating and energy efficiency improvements in homes and businesses.

A reduction in VAT on energy efficiency improvements in homes, ending the Treasury’s 20% tax on making people’s homes warmer and greener.

 

Further Information

UKGBC’s general election policy recommendations

Architects Journal: Who will build the most homes? Labour and Lib Dems reveal housing pledges - 22 November 2019


 

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LABOUR

Economy & Energy

Pg 15

We will upgrade almost all of the UK’s 27 million homes to the highest energy-efficiency standards, reducing the average household energy bill by £417 per household per year by 2030 and eliminating fuel poverty. We will introduce a zero-carbon homes standard for all new homes.

 

Focus on energy sources rather than detailed plans on efficiency

CONSERVATIVE

 

Manifesto not released yet.

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

Warm Homes and Lower Energy Bills

Pg 42

Require all new homes and non-domestic buildings to be built to a zero-carbon standard (where as much energy is generated on-site, through renewable sources, as is used), by 2021, rising to a more ambitious (‘Passivhaus’) standard by 2025.

 

Lib Dems promise all new homes will meet Passivhaus standards 

 

LibDems campaign for all new buildings to be Passivhaus by 2025 

 

 

 

GREEN PARTY

The Green New Deal for housing

Pg 13

Empower local authorities to bring empty homes back into use and create a total of 100,000 new homes for social rent (council homes) a year, built to the Passivhaus or equivalent standard. This standard will see these new homes use 90% less energy for space heating than the average home, significantly reducing household bills.

 

Transform the planning system and building regulations, so that all new buildings built by private developers are built to the Passivhaus standard (or to a standard that delivers energy efficiency at an equivalent or better level). We will enable self-build development that meets the same standards.

 

Greens promise a planning system supportive of renewable energy and the Passivhaus standard 

 

SNP

PLAID CYMRU

Housing Pg 19

£3bn home energy efficiency programme which will stimulate job creation, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.

 

 

22nd November 2019


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