Zero-carbon homes could be law

 

Communities and Local Government (CLG) Minister for Housing, John Healey, announced on 24 November that the UK will be the first country in the world to require new homes to be ‘zero-carbon’ as a matter of law from 2016. The announcement came in a speech to the Green Building Council (GBC).

At the same event, Mr. Healey launched a consultation to gather information on how the zero-carbon standards could be applied to non-domestic buildings from 2019.

For more information on legislation around new homes please see What is the Code?



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If zerocarbon standards were adopted across the UK they would avoid emissions of 26 MtCO2 compared with continuing to build to 2006 standards. This is why it is imperative that we make sure that builders and suppliers know what is needed and how it may be achieved as they plan construction.
Source: Energy Saving Trust 2008