12 Feb 2008 11:02:27
Expert to speak on zero-carbon homes
A sustainable architecture expert has called for more government investment in the construction industry in order for more carbon-neutral homes to be built in the UK.
Mark Siddall of Dewjo'c Architects - the firm currently working on the Middlehaven zero-carbon development project - is expected to speak at Middlesbrough Town Hall about how the government can do more to create energy-efficient building regulations.
He told the Evening Gazette that the concept of zero-carbon homes in the UK needs a standard definition, as different government groups appear confused as to what constitutes a carbon-neutral property.
He said: "Two Government departments have differing definitions of what constitutes a 'zero carbon' home - the Treasury definition states that a gas supply can not be used
whilst the Department for Communities and Local Government, via the Code for Sustainable Homes, suggests that gas supply is acceptable."
Mr Siddall added that there may be a long way to go before so-called zero-carbon homes actually do not produce carbon emissions, as some still use energy produced by fossil fuels.
In Middlehaven, an award-winning 750-home zero-carbon development project is in the works, funded by a £200 million investment. Homes in the development will be powered by renewable energy and will receive their hot water from a biomass boiler.