Supply chain and builders fail to deliver zero carbon houses

Published:  21 September, 2011

BIRMINGHAM: Zero carbon homes are becoming little more than an 'empty slogan' because of the construction industry's failure to build to required standards, says communities minister Andrew Stunell delivering his keynote address to the Lib Dem conference in Birmingham.

Mr Stunell said he has called an advisory committee to look into how zero carbon measures can be achieved in practice ahead of the next upgrading of building regulations in 2013.

The government is alarmed by the findings of a study by the Joseph Rowntree Trust last November that found that one of its own low carbon housing developments, Elm Tree Mews in Leeds, was significantly under-performing when completed.

"The report concluded that many processes and cultures within the industry and its supply chain need to change if Zero Carbon Homes is to be more than an empty slogan," he said.

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