Green homes fail to cut carbon

Firms in the housing sector must share data on the energy efficiency of low-carbon homes to overcome the gap between design and real-life performance, say construction experts

Homes designed to be low-carbon are failing to deliver expected emissions cuts, a building sector conference heard in April.

House builders, architects and building product firms must cooperate to improve performance monitoring as a first step towards closing the gap, delegates heard.

The conference was organised by the Good Homes Alliance, a group of companies in the housing sector working to promote more sustainable homes.

The performance gap was brought to light by a report published late last year by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust on the performance of its Elm Tree Mews development of four houses and two flats in York completed in 2008.

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