Last year, the government started a consultation about plans to make future homes carbon neutral, with the aim to reduce Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.
Existing and new homes can start reducing their carbon emissions now. One way to do this is to stop using fossil fuels in homes and heat them with underfloor heating powered by renewable energy sources.
Homes account for 21% of carbon emissions, so if the government is to achieve its carbon emission targets, there needs to be significant reductions in carbon use by residential properties.
New homes built from 2025 will be subject to the Future Homes standard which requires them to be highly energy efficient and not be heated by gas boilers or fossil fuels. This can be achieved with low-carbon heat systems, triple glazing, and highly insulated walls, roofs and floors. It is expected that the average home built in 2025 onwards will reduce carbon emissions by 75% to 80% compared to existing homes.
Homeowners do not have to wait for government legislation to reduce their carbon emissions. The government encourages all homeowners to increase their energy efficiency. In some instances, underfloor heating systems connected to gas or oil boilers can be adapted to use solar panels or sustainable heat pumps.
Homes heated by gas boiler central heating or fossil fuels can replace their heating systems with underfloor heating powered by electricity, preferably generated from renewable energy sources.