The Building Regulations are set to change next year and with them, a new CO2 emissions factor for buildings will become the norm, a recent expert report has warned.
The biggest change is around CO2 emission factors that set out how many kgCO2 per kWh a fuel uses, most notably for electricity which has reduced by 55% based on our grid decarbonisation. This change will mean electricity is likely to become the lowest carbon option for heating.
Lighting inputs have been made more complex to allow for the greater efficiency and variation in LEDs. It will reduce the impact of lighting on energy demand.
Solar power will now have less of a benefit in terms of CO2 emissions saving as it is offsetting cleaner electricity. Also, it can no longer be averaged out across a block of flats or commercial units and can only be applied where it is directly connected to each unit. This means a rooftop system feeding only landlord areas will show no benefit.
As such, it is very likely that, in order to achieve “zero carbon”, more buildings will turn to the use of heat pumps as opposed to solar power, which as well as providing the usual 10% renewables contribution, could combat the overheating issue seen more frequently in new flats.
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The end result is that users still get a very good level of comfort, while in the same time saving energy and money in the process.
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