Chancellor Philip Hammond has pledged to ban boilers in new homes that harm the environment in the next six years.
During today’s Spring Statement, the Chancellor confirmed plans to future-proof new homes by ensuring they are energy efficient, have lower energy bills and are better for the environment.
He said rules will be introduced for new housing to end the use of fossil fuel heating systems by 2025 – meaning an end to boilers and radiators.
Jane Lucy, founder of energy auto-switching service Labrador, says the new measures will create world-leading levels of energy efficiency and “dramatically” reduce energy bills for many across the country.
She says: “This action highlights the government’s commitment not only to the environment, but also to reducing household bills that have been continually increasing and placing financial pressure on Brits.
“Now the conversation has been started, we need to continually discuss the current injustices that are faced at the hands of an energy market which continues to financially squeeze Brits.”
The new standard will build on the Prime Minister’s pledge to at least halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030.
The news follows a report released earlier this year by the Committee on Climate Change which warned UK homes were not fit for the future, with efforts to cut greenhouse gases from house stalling and properties at growing risk of flooding and overheating.
It said that no new homes should be connected to the gas grid by 2025 at the latest, with super-efficient homes using low carbon heating such as heat pumps and induction hobs.
Steve Turner from the Home Builders Federation says: “New technologies are increasingly being incorporated that drive down emissions and we are committed to continuing to work with government on this.
“The ongoing costs and comfort of homeowners is an absolute priority for home builders and it must be ensured that alternative heat sources are suitably attractive, available and efficient before withdrawing existing options.”
The government has also pledged to increase biodiversity targets for housing developers.
However, the building industry has warned that the new measures will result in more costs for house builders, worsening the housing crisis.
Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders, says that the targets for developers “will bring yet more costs and more delays for builders".
He says: “Rather than hampering the building of new homes, if the government wants to be more green, it should focus instead on retrofitting the more than 24 million homes that have already been built and which account for around one fifth of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.
"This will not only help reduce the UK’s carbon footprint but will also tackle the scourge of fuel poverty.”
The government also says that to help meet climate targets it will reduce dependence on burning natural gas by increasing the proportion of green gas in the national grid.
It has also proposed to give people the option to travel “zero carbon”.
The government says it will launch a call for evidence on offsetting transport emissions and will also look into whether travel providers should be required to offer carbon offsets to their customers.