Zero Carbon Strategies Explained

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Launched today 14 February 2013, ‘Zero Carbon Strategies for Low and Zero Carbon Homes’ uses newly built housing schemes to illustrate the approaches that a house builder could take to meet the expected 2016 zero carbon requirements.

Drawing on examples of real developments, this guide provides specification details allowing each scheme to be categorised as one the following zero carbon approaches:

- Balanced

- Extreme Fabric

- Extreme Low Carbon Technologies

Where necessary for the chosen approach, the Allowable Solutions option is identified and a series of Local Government initiatives already gaining traction around the country are also described.

Launching the Strategies guide at Zero Carbon Hub’s Nearer to Zero event in Birmingham, Neil Jefferson, Chief Executive, Zero Carbon Hub said:

“I am pleased to launch this Strategies guide at Nearer to Zero among many house-building and planning colleagues, because it illustrates exactly where we hoped the industry would be in 2013 –developing products in a cost-effective and practical way, able to deliver the anticipated zero carbon standard.

“The examples highlighted in this guide not only demonstrate the ability to meet the expected energy performance requirements of the zero carbon standard, but appear to do much more besides; embracing new technologies and non-traditional designs to provide pleasant living environments for occupiers, which I’m sure will attract many to the developments. With continuing uncertainty about implementation of the 2016 policy, it is important that developers take a pragmatic approach and aim to deliver as many positive features as possible within their schemes.”

A copy of the Zero Carbon Strategies for Low and Zero Carbon Homes is available to download from the Zero Carbon Hub website


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Notes for Editors:

Zero Carbon Hub - The Zero Carbon Hub was established in response to the Callcutt Review recommendation, to make zero carbon homes a reality from 2016. It is a public and private partnership responsible for galvanising action and working with Government, councils and industry to overcome barriers to ensure this ambitious policy is implemented.