14 May 2008 05:05:43
New document defines 'zero-carbon housing'
The Green Building Council (GBC) has released a document that is attempting to redefine what "zero carbon" really means in practice.
Its publication of the Definition of Zero Carbon paper is an attempt to clear up grey areas in the governments current zero omission targets.
At present, guidelines for zero carbon omission housing construction does not take into account off-site renewable energy production and the GBC believes that the current definition is not achievable on up to 80 per cent of the three million new homes that the UK will need by 2020.
The Good Homes Alliance (GHA) also believes that current legislation is vague with contactors able to forego the installation of renewable energy sources on site and instead can use energy from the national grid, if the supplier is supposedly green.
Chairman of the GHA Neil May said: "The big issue is not really what definition or target we set, but how are we going to achieve low carbon housing in reality."