Government launches consultation of zero carbon homes

Government launches consultation of zero carbon homes

The government has launched a consultation paper with the aim of establishing the means by which developers can meet the target for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016.

It includes issues such as the use of eco-friendly construction materials, the setting of minimum carbon reduction targets and the creation of a list of 'allowable solutions' from which developers will choose.

Housing minister Margaret Beckett remarked: "With the consultation process we are launching today, we are confident we will be able to achieve our ambitions while giving the industry flexibility for how they get there."

Responding to the news, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) emphasised the importance of ensuring that such new homes are affordable.

FMB director of external affairs Brian Berry said there should also be a major effort to refurbish existing homes to help reduce their carbon emissions.

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