20 Mar 2009 05:03:10
Zero carbon homes target 'needs revision'
Targets need to be revised if the UK government is to meet its goal of tackling carbon emissions from properties, according to one organisation.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has said that ensuring that all new homes built by 2016 are zero carbon is unrealistic, suggesting that the government will struggle to meet this goal.
Reducing emissions by 70 percent for all new homes would be a more achievable task, with Rics highlighting that this would be possible by building energy-efficient homes with on-site carbon reduction technologies.
Gillian Charlesworth, director of external affairs at Rics, explained that the economic climate could have an impact on targets as builders struggle to meet the costs associated with zero carbon homes.
"Resources should be allocated to lower cost measures that will provide maximum insulation to homes. This would be a pragmatic solution towards reducing our carbon footprint, given the current recession," she commented.http://www.rics.org/Newsroom/Pressreleases/pr026_rics_zer...