‘Death knell’ for zero-carbon homes

Measures to make new homes zero-carbon by 2016 have been dropped as part of the chancellor’s productivity drive

Higher energy efficiency standards have been ditched (photograph: Paul Wishart/123RF)The government has shocked the green building industry by announcing it will scrap two key measures aimed at making new homes zero carbon by 2016.

The decision was included in a Treasury report setting out a string of measures intended to boost the UK’s productivity as part of the chancellor’s Summer Budget (see p5).1

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