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Government plans to change zero carbon homes standard 'deeply worrying'

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Environment

Government plans to change zero carbon homes standard 'deeply worrying' Government plans to change zero carbon homes standard 'deeply worrying'

The UK Green Building Council says the government's plans to make 'small sites' exempt from the zero carbon homes standard is "deeply worrying".

The government is expected to announce a new Infrastructure Bill in today's Queen's Speech that will include legislation to allow for the creation of 'Allowable Solutions' - the overarching term for projects housebuilders may support to offset carbon emissions that cannot be addressed through energy efficiency or renewables on-site – to achieve the zero carbon homes standard.

Under the changes 'small sites' are expected to be made exempt from the zero carbon standard. Further details of what constitutes a small site will be unveiled following a consultation.

Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: “It's good to see the coalition is following through on its promise to introduce Allowable Solutions, an integral part in ensuring our homes will be zero carbon from 2016.

"The industry urgently needs clarity on this part of the policy and we look forward to hearing more details in the Queen’s Speech.

“However, it is deeply worrying to hear suggestions that ‘small sites’ could be exempt from the zero carbon standard. This decision could cause confusion and lead to perverse outcomes, for example the slowing down of housing supply as developers phase the delivery of ‘small sites’ to avoid regulations.”

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