BEIS wants to engage with stakeholders about saving carbon, reducing heating bills and giving consumers greater control over their heating.
BEIS has launched an open, public consultation on a range of policy proposals to cut bills and drive down emissions from household heating systems. The Domestic Heat in Buildings consultation will run until 27 January, and aims to give consumers more choice over the way they heat their homes and more control over their energy bills. We are calling for evidence on a range of technologies, with a view to helping consumers choose a setup that best fits their lifestyle. By ensuring all households have heating controls in place, we can help drive down bills and improve the level of comfort in homes.
In addition, we are also calling for evidence on ways to decarbonise heating and cooling in off gas grid properties and in non-domestic buildings. Alongside the call for evidence, we are consulting on 20 changes to the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) calculation methodology. This is the open source methodology which shows how we calculate the energy performance of a home.
A focus on you
We are committed to cutting bills while ensuring people maintain the same level of comfort in their homes and buildings. We want to give consumers greater choice over their heating technology and greater control over the space in which they live and work than ever before.
We are currently seeking evidence on how best to support consumers through these policy changes in order to show them how to get the full benefit of their heating controls. We think consumer engagement and familiarity with new technologies is likely to increase over time as they get more used to interacting with them, and welcome your views on this subject.
A focus on efficiency
The UK’s 2050 emissions reduction target (to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 1990 baselines) requires firm action across all the major carbon emitting sectors. The long term priority for Government is to decarbonise heat, but the role for conventional gas systems is expected to remain significant well into the 2030s. We think it is vital that we do all we can to increase energy efficiency as well as reducing carbon emissions in the UK.
We are also consulting on increasing the minimum standards for boilers to 92%, according to the Energy Related Products (ErP) methodology, from the current standard of 88% SEDBUK. This is in line with advances in boiler technology and will also make it easier for manufacturers to trade abroad.
Have any questions or want to submit a response
We welcome your views and further evidence in response to our public consultations and calls for evidence:
To read the evidence that underpins our assumptions, please see the list of BEIS publications on our Heat Technical Research page.
More generally, if you have a recommendation, an idea, or a question, we would like to hear from you. Please get in touch:
Heat in Buildings
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3 Whitehall Place