The UK government has set ambitious targets for all future new build housing projects and this includes heating, hot water and lighting. However, there are a number of ways in which these guidelines can be met and the resulting benefits passed on to the new homeowner.
A biomass system, for example, is a highly effective source of renewable energy suitable for both single dwellings and larger district housing schemes, and from mid-late 2013 new occupants may be eligible for financial support under Phase 2 of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) and air source heat pumps (ASHPs) are also covered by the RHI scheme which offers a financial incentive for eligible renewable energy technologies for the lifetime of the installation for up to 20 years.
Installing a solar PV system can increase the value of the property and allows the new owner to enjoy lower electricity bills and receive tax free payments under the government’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) scheme. FITs provide households producing under 5mw in capacity an opportunity to be paid for the electricity they generate, with any unused electricity being sold back to the National Grid.
The benefits to the prospective homeowner from these renewable energy installations include lower bills, reduced carbon output, low maintenance and government backed financial rewards, all of which help to make a new build property an attractive choice for prospective purchasers.