2023 Action Scorecards

Action Scorecards 2023

Question: Does the council require a fabric first approach for new development?

Question code
Planning & Land Use
New Homes - Energy Efficiency Requirements
Volunteer Research
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The criteria will be met by English councils if they have a policy that exceeds the minimum government's building regulations on the Part L Target for Fabric Energy Efficiency.

Alternatively, the criteria will be met for councils that have a policy with a space heating requirement that exceeds the minimum government's building regulations.

For Scottish councils, the criteria will be met if the council requires developers to meet the Silver or Gold building standards.


The Part L target for Fabric Energy Efficiency defines the efficiency of the building fabric, which includes the u-values, air tightness and thermal bridging - the parts of the building that lose heat.

A fabric first approach by a council would require improvements on the national standard thereby ensuring new homes are energy efficient.

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Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council1/1antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk
Belfast City Council1/1belfastcity.gov.uk
Ards and North Down Borough Council0/1
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council0/1
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council0/1
Derry City and Strabane District Council0/1
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council0/1
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council0/1
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council0/1
Mid Ulster District Council0/1
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council0/1