Department for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Government is working to ensure that communities are at the heart of the planning system and that buildings are safe, accessible and sustainable for current and future generations.

The Coalition Programme sets out the Government’s ambitions for a low carbon and eco friendly economy, and to be the greenest government ever, including through continuous improvements to the energy efficiency of new housing. Through our responsibilities for housing, planning and the building regulations, the Department for Communities and Local Government has an important part to play in protecting and enhancing the environment and supporting sustainable economic growth.

We are committed to supporting people and local communities to become more energy efficient. We are responsible for:

  • The building regulations, which set standards for homes and non-domestic buildings on areas such as energy and water, covering new buildings and some work on existing buildings
  • The EU Energy Performance of Building Directive, such as Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates, which can help to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes and other buildings; and
  • Policy on physical standards of social housing, including energy efficiency.

We work with our partners within Government, including the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to deliver the Government’s ambitions on climate and energy, and meeting carbon budgets.