New buildings

Ban fossil fuel central heating systems.

In new buildings all heating and hot water should be powered by electricity 

Why the contribution is important

It will save the expense of converting to electric later. The cost of adding wiring is very expensive 

by Smith170 on February 05, 2021 at 08:23AM

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Comments

  • Posted by JuliePearce February 05, 2021 at 14:42

    And all buildings should have solar panels incorporated wherever possible.
  • Posted by SimonLanglois February 05, 2021 at 18:19

    The UK will be banning oil and gas boilers from 2025; it should have been from 2023 but the Government got 'cold feet'!

    We should ban the installation of oil and gas boilers in both new builds and as replacement boilers in existing properties. With our electricity being guaranteed zero carbon (35% hydro-electric, 65% nuclear), we're in the perfect position to go all electric for our heating and hot water.

    Electric boilers can be direct replacements for oil and gas ones, but cheaper to buy, cheaper to service and with zero emissions. If a property is suitable, an electric heat pump could be installed and would have about the same running costs as an oil boiler.

    And as Julie says (above), solar panels should be greatly encouraged.
  • Posted by cb February 06, 2021 at 10:05

    Agree with the above.

    Would add that proper insulation, glazing, and minimising of leaky building fabric, especially via thermal bridging, would also minimise the load on heating systems to begin with. Reduced consumption = reduced bills, at a time when fuel poverty is a growing concern.
  • Posted by brucecarnegie February 07, 2021 at 13:33

    I'd also add that the materials used in new builds should be taken into consideration. There are better alternatives to concrete for example and this could be assessed at the planning stage alongside energy efficiencies.
  • Posted by antonygibb February 14, 2021 at 22:02

    Embodied energy must be taken into account in order to reduce the carbon impact of new construction. Environmental Performance Declarations (EPDs) for products exist, but are not mandatory (but will be in France from April 2021). Jersey could require these for all imported materials. Life Cycle Analysis should also be carried out for all new buildings, which takes into account the carbon cost of construction (including embodied energy in materials) , operation and end of life of a building, when it is either replaced or retrofitted.
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