Policy paper

2010 to 2015 government policy: energy efficiency in buildings

We need to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and make sure that planning policies help to protect and improve the environment.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Applies to England


New-look EPC

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This policy paper shows the policy of the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.

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Published 7 November 2012
Last updated 8 May 2015 + show all updates
  1. Policy document from the 2010 to 2015 government preserved in a different format for reference

  2. Note updates the status of the Code Sustainable Homes following the publication of the Technical Housing Standards Review in March 2015.

  3. Updated details of working party addresses

  4. updated the supporting page relating to Code for Sustainable Homes. Added text and link to the Housing Standards Review consultation.

  5. Updated the Code for Sustainble Homes supporting page by adding links to the Water Calculator and previous technical guides.

  6. Added information about energy assessor accreditation schemes (on 'Energy performance of buildings' supporting detail page).

  7. Added note about the 'recast' Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Updated the 'Energy efficiency of buildings' supporting detail to reflect the new rules.

  8. Added para and link to new publication on energy performance of buildings supporting page.

  9. First published.