The amendment to existing building regulations is part of the UK's push to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, the government said. Energy labelling would "help to promote energy efficiency as a factor in people's decisions on which home to choose," said construction minister Nick Raynsford. As recommended by the RCEP, the labels will be based on a scale of one to 100, with higher scores for more energy efficient dwellings.
Whether the new rules will achieve the governments aims remains to be seen. Earlier this year, an independent think-tank claimed that a trend towards smaller households and people's desire for warm homes would outweigh likely buildings and appliance efficiency gains (ENDS Daily 7 August).
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