Towards a greener future.

Government commits to zero carbon buildings

Published:  26 November, 2009

UK: The Government has confirmed today that it is committed for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016 and for new commercial buildings to be zero carbon from 2020.

Housing Minister John Healey, speaking at the UK-GBC annual conference yesterday stated that the UK will be the first country in the world to require zero carbon homes as a matter of law.

The Government also launched a new consultation to gather evidence on how the zero carbon standards could be applied to non-domestic buildings from 2019. The consultation will close at the end of February 2010.

Mr Healey pledged for an extra £3.2m to boost long-term research into how energy-efficient homes are designed and built.

A new government consortium will use their "green buying power" of over £10bn to boost green skills and technology.

Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: "The zero carbon homes target has led to a huge amount of change within the housebuilding industry and government is right to stick to its guns on that target.

"Zero carbon commercial buildings are also an important part of a low carbon economy.

"The property and construction sector can be at the forefront of our efforts to tackle climate change, and zero carbon new buildings will ensure we don't add to the problem of our energy inefficient building stock.

"The UK Green Building Council has been campaigning for such a stretching target for zero carbon new commercial buildings since our first report in 2007. I'm delighted that the Government has now confirmed its ambitions."

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