Labour MPs have urged the government to explain their position on changes to the building code.

Monday 25 February 2013

Senior Labour figures have called on the government to clarify changes to the building code regarding carbon neutral homes.

Confusion over where the government stands on zero carbon housing is holding back house building, hampering economic growth and job creation, a group of shadow ministers have written in an open letter to communities secretary Eric Pickles.

Part L of the building code, which pertains to energy efficiency standards, is central to the argument. Developers are currently struggling to decide how they will respond to the changes, Labour has said, because of uncertainty on exactly how much more stringent the regulations are likely to become.

Progress on the new proposals, Labour argues, is integral to economic growth. As new developments and plans can take shape, contractors across the construction and engineering industries will be able to take advantage of wider opportunities in a burgeoning market.

Recent weeks have seen property experts suggesting that the government may tone down the current proposals.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has said that alterations to the regulations will be laid out fully later in the year.

By Victoria McDonnell

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