Sustainable Building Policy Changes

The Welsh Government has confirmed it will withdraw its detailed policy on planning for sustainable buildings at the end of next month.  At that point it will issue amended policy on design which will include material on the energy hierarchy, allowable solutions and sustainable building policies on strategic sites in local development plans.  This is a result of the Welsh government taking control over building regulations, which it believes will provide a more appropriate vehicle for setting building standards.  The Welsh Government has been criticised for lowering its standards but will consider further steps in energy performance designed to meet the EU directive target of nearly zero energy new buildings by 2019 for the public sector and 2021 across the board.