Passivhaus gets political: At the core of the Green Party Manifesto
It has been a busy week in the world of politics with the unveiling of the party manifestos in the lead up to the election in May.
In a huge landmark for the Passivhaus movement in the UK, the standard has been unveiled as a core component of the Green Party's energy and housing policies in their 2015 manifesto (p21).
In order to improve energy efficiency in buildings and end fuel poverty, the Green Party propose:
• A requirement that all new homes will be built to meet the Passivhaus standard.
• A nationwide retrofit insulation programme, designed to insulate 9 million homes, with the aim of meeting the Passivhaus EnerPHit standard by 2020.
• Up to £5,000 of free insulation, with an additional £15,000 in subsidised loans for the further improvements required to meet the EnerPHit standard.
• To invest in training for the design and build of Passivhaus buildings, by creating a national college for training in energy home improvement.
The Passivhaus has standard has seen a gradual rise in popularity in the UK over the past 5 years; starting with a handful of pioneering projects by eco enthusiasts; to over 75 finished projects numbering upwards of 250 units, with another 1000 large scale residential and commercial units under development; and now being featured as a centre point of a political party manifesto.
For further information and to read the manifesto in full, visit greenparty.org.uk.
The UKGBC have produced a General Election Manifesto Matrix, summarising the major parties' commitments to carbon targets, energy efficiency, new build, resources and the natural environment. Click here to download.