Less than 25 per cent understand zero-carbon challenge, says report


A new report by The Zero Carbon Hub published yesterday (29 April) has revealed that less than a quarter surveyed understood the magnitude of the challenge to deliver the government’s target that all new homes must be zero carbon from 2016

The report also found that nearly 75 per cent felt the cost figures in the consultation document were lower than what would be incurred in 2016. Finally, over 90 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that legislation is required to ensure higher energy efficiency in homes.

As a result, the report submitted to the 2016 Taskforce stated the key areas that must be addressed were: better information and clear guidance for the industry, more accurate costs, exploring the practicalities of recommended solutions and a clearer explanation of regulations.

The consultation, which aims to find a practical definition of zero carbon, was launched by the Communities and Local Government consultation in December 2008, following calls from industry that existing definitions of zero carbon were unworkable for most situations.

The Zero Carbon Hub is a private/public partnership, launched in 2008 by then housing minister Caroline Flint to help deliver the government’s target for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016.

A copy of the report can be downloaded at www.zerocarbonhub.org

Source: NCE, 30 April, 2009


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