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21 Dec 2010 12:12:03

Commercial buildings to be zero carbon from 2019

Commercial buildings to be zero carbon from 2019
Commercial buildings in the UK will be zero carbon from the year 2019, housing minister Grant Shapps has announced.

In a written statement, Mr Shapps outlined that a similar framework to that used for domestic dwellings, which sets out a target for all new builds to be zero carbon by 2016, will be introduced for commercial premises.

He also announced the publication of findings from the Zero Carbon Hub, which brings the government one step closer to setting a benchmark for where the building industry can cut emissions in line with the 2016 target.

Recommendations from the hub were said to include building new properties with renewable energy technologies incorporated.

"We are committed to ensuring that new homes do not add to our carbon footprint. But whilst making sure these tough environmental standards are met, we will not dictate how every home should be built," Mr Shapps said.

The announcement was welcomed by Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, who said the "industry is up for [the 2019] challenge, they just need policy certainty to be able to get on and deliver it". ADNFCR-1235-ID-800303741-ADNFCR

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