Sustainable and Secure Building Act 2004

This Act amends and improves the Building Act 1984, introducing the following objectives to the Building Regulations:[1]
  • Furthering the conservation of fuel and power.
  • Facilitating sustainable development.
  • Furthering the protection or enhancement of the environment.
  • The prevention of waste, undue consumption, misuse or contamination of water.

It also develops a reporting regime[2], requiring the Department for Communities and Local Government - in charge of the Act's implementation - to deliver a biannual report to Parliament on the likely effects of the measures in SSBA 2004. Section 6 (2) describes the matters to be included in the report and the extent of its application. It must report on progress in furthering the objectives listed above, detail any building regulations made to achieve them and identify targets for achieving them.

It must also include information on:
  • The efficiency with which energy is used in buildings in England and Wales
  • The level of emissions from such buildings that are likely to contribute to climate change
  • The extent to which such buildings have their own facilities for generating energy.
  • The extent to which materials used in constructing, or carrying out works in relation to such buildings are recycled or re-used materials.

This legislation marked the beginning of moves to address energy efficiency, considered the different types of renewable energy and energy efficiency indicators and the issue of microgeneration (the small scale production of heat and/or electricity from a low carbon source). It was a precursor to the then DTI’s 2006 Microgeneration Strategy. Page last updated: 28 April 2010
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