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New-build homes in England will have to meet rigorous new green standards as part of a Government pledge to tackle climate change.

The Future Homes Standard will outlaw the installation of gas boilers in new-build homes from 2025. Heating systems will instead use the latest generation of clean technology such as air source heat pumps and solar panels.

Planning system overhaul for new-build homes

A consultation on a new blueprint for overhauling the planning system will also be launched. Its aim is to produce a simpler, fairer system that benefits everyone involved, from homeowners to developers.

And the Government announced plans for a new national design code. Local authorities across England will produce their own design code that reflects their area’s unique setting, character and history. Each code will also have to meet national standards.

Cutting carbon emissions

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Building new homes isn’t just about bricks and mortar.

“I want to ensure everyone, including developers, does their bit to protect the environment and give the next generation beautiful, environmentally friendly homes that local communities can support.

“That’s why I am requiring carbon emissions are cut by up to 80 percent from 2025 for all new homes and have published a National Design Guide, setting out simply what we expect from new development.”

Better design and style

To meet the Future Homes Standard, new homes will have to cut carbon emissions but keep fuel bills low. Meanwhile, the Government will publish the National Model Design Code early next year.

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