Labour: All new homes zero carbon in 3 years

The Labour Party has pledged to make all new-builds zero carbon with three years, should it win the coming general election.

The party says the step could potentially save those living in new builds £200 a year in fuel bills.

The plans include fitting all new homes with solar panels, super-efficient insulation and triple-glazed windows by 2022.

John Healey MP, shadow housing secretary, said: “The Conservatives’ decision to cave in to property developers and slash green standards means we are building homes today that aren’t fit for the future – they’re bad for the environment and expensive to run.

“After nearly 10 years of the Conservatives outsourcing housing policy to commercial house builders, we need a Labour government that will set common-sense rules which save households money and cut emissions.”

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, party leader, said: “Homes should be safe and warm for families and not damage the environment for future generations. But our housing currently contributes a massive 14% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“We will tackle the housing and climate crises at the same time by building warm and energy efficient homes.

“At this election, the choice is clear – this is our last chance to take action to protect future generations or allow the Tories to accelerate our planet’s destruction.

“The next Labour government will usher in a Green Industrial Revolution to tackle climate change and create hundreds of thousands of green jobs.”