Zero carbon definition for new houses
Published:  22 December, 2010

LONDON: The zero carbon hub task group has provided more detail on a definition of carbon compliance levels for new homes from 2016.

The zero carbon definition has three parts. The standard for fabric energy efficiency (FEES), has already been set. The second part, the carbon compliance standard sets targets for the amount of carbon emitted from the heating, hot water and lighting in the home. Still to be decided is allowable solutions: these are a range of measures to save the remaining carbon emitted by the new zero carbon house.

John Tebbit, industry affairs director at the Construction Products Association said: "Although it has been very challenging to achieve consensus from across all parties involved in zero carbon homes, we always believed that the Task Group would come up with realistic but stretching targets that will drive both quality and quantity of new homes. I am therefore delighted that these recommendations set a basis for the Minister to come to the right decision and I'm sure that our industry will rise to the challenge he sets."

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