Japan to make energy-saving features mandatory for new homes

Policy

Tokyo, April 22 (Jiji Press) — The Japanese government on Friday passed a bill to make it mandatory for new homes to meet energy-saving standards starting in fiscal year 2025.

The government hopes the bill to revise the law to improve the energy-saving performance of buildings will be enacted during the current regular session of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, which ends on June 15, as the country aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

It is difficult to extend the session of the Diet before this summer’s election to the House of Councillors, the Upper House.

As it is difficult to secure enough time for deliberations, the government and the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling bloc carefully considered whether to introduce the bill during the session.

But the government felt it needed to push the bill through at the earliest, following strong demands from homebuilders and lawmakers supporting energy conservation, sources said.

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