The NHBC Foundation has today published a new report looking at one of the critical aspects that housebuilders and developers will need to consider as the UK aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
The new report, ‘Plugging in to the future – electric vehicle charging and new homes’, gives advice and guidance to housebuilders on the key issues which need to be considered on all new developments.
The government has stated that the UK should achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and has put many policies in place, including that by 2035 all new cars and vans should be fully zero emissions, as a result of which electric vehicles (EVs) will become increasingly common.
This will have significant implications for housebuilders, planners and architects since the resulting increase in electric vehicles will require homes to be provided with the necessary equipment for residents to charge their EVs where they live.
The report urges housebuilders to engage with the relevant Distribution Network Operator (DNO) at the very earliest stage to ensure that the electrical supply to the site has sufficient capacity for the number of charge points being installed and to carefully consider the location of the points.
‘Plugging in to the future – electric vehicle charging and new homes’ also examines the various types of EVs currently available and the different connecting cables and charge points being deployed.
Commenting on the report, Richard Smith, NHBC’s Head of Standards, Innovation and Research, said: