In early 2019, Philip Hammond announced that the government will introduce a Future Homes Standard which will see “the end of fossil fuel heating systems in all new homes from 2025”.
Home energy consumption represents about 14% of total UK emissions. In a report by the Climate Change Committee, it was highlighted that the UK’s climate change targets will not be met without tackling greenhouse gas emissions from UK buildings. Currently about 85% of homes are running on gas central heating. Decarbonising and transitioning the UK’s housing stock to low carbon heat sources will therefore be critical in helping the UK achieve its emissions targets by 2050.
With the ban in place, new homes will be required to adopt low-carbon alternatives such as electric heating, heat pumps or heat networks involving the use of a central energy centre to distribute heating through hot water pipes to individual properties. Gas boilers could also be upgraded and decarbonised to run on hydrogen.
What implications might this have on property developers?
Property developers, or landlords commissioning new builds after 2025, will be required to fit out homes with heating and hot water systems that are powered by renewable energy sources and there will be a greater dependency on the electrical infrastructure.
Developers will essentially need to be looking at constructing eco-friendly properties that are also energy efficient, to meet higher energy standards in future and rising consumer expectations around a company’s environmental footprint.
Powering construction projects
As a developer, understanding the amount of power required for a development that will need to be more reliant on electricity, and connecting a residential project to the electricity network, is essential. Did you know that you could outsource the entire process to an Independent Connection Provider (ICP)? An ICP is an accredited company that carries out connection works on behalf of clients to the electricity network.
Integrated delivery, single point of contact
UK Power Networks Services is an ICP with a wealth of experience in solving energy challenges.
We provide an integrated end-to-end service which will cover all third-party liaison, legal and on-site coordination. Our highly experienced team of engineers and qualified personnel will also be able to provide expert advice on tailoring the electrical network design and build to meet your needs. With a single point of contact for all your requirements, you can save time and effort from liaising with different parties.
Aligning energy solutions to goals. We help our clients develop their requirements, taking account of their current needs and future aspirations in line with their business objectives and sustainability goals.
Highest quality assurance and safety standards. We support our clients to ensure their new connection requirements are safely delivered to a high standard, on time, and in the most cost effective and innovative way.
Team of experts. Our extensive in-house capability including designers, planners, authorised engineers and project managers are experienced in designing and building complex and essential electricity distribution networks.
Superior customer service. We identify a single point of accountability for delivering connection works, meaning someone is always on hand, providing progress updates and making sure any concerns are dealt with in a timely manner.
Collaborative approach, ISO-accredited. We work collaboratively with our clients to ensure delivery programmes are agreed, progress is regularly monitored, and deadlines are met.
Technology-agnostic approach. We apply industry best practice and integrate the latest in emerging technologies to develop connections solutions that encompass grid connection through to onsite infrastructure needs.
DNO interface. We work closely with the local DNO to ensure seamless delivery of connections on time, every time.
As an established ICP, we support our clients to ensure their new connection requirements are safely delivered to the highest standard, on time, and in the most cost effective and innovative way. We pride ourselves on delivering assured solutions with sustainability and long-term performance in mind. Find out how we can help by connecting with us today.