‘Weaker’ zero-carbon homes target outlined

The government has outlined how developers should meet its 2016 zero-carbon target for new homes. Both the building industry and green campaigners are worried the proposals water down the target.

Developers will have to achieve a minimum level of carbon reduction on the site of a housing development before off-site measures can be used to achieve zero-carbon status.

The Communities Department (DCLG) published a consultation on the definition of zero-carbon homes in December.1 It had been expected in the summer, but issues over allowing housebuilders to count energy generated by off-site renewables complicated talks (<

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