Government must push ahead with zero carbon

The UK Green Building Council is today calling on the Government to push ahead with its policy for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016 - two weeks after an already long delayed announcement on the policy was due.

The Coalition restated its commitment to zero carbon in this year’s Budget, promising that a detailed plan and response to the 2012 consultation on the energy efficiency requirements in Building Regulations, would be published by May 2013.

But UK-GBC is concerned this on-going delay is causing further uncertainty for house builders, product manufacturers and the wider supply chain, who have been gearing up to implement the policy from October this year.

Paul King, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: “It’s been almost three months since the Government restated its commitment to zero carbon, promising an announcement by May. Yet two weeks on from this date we are still in the dark about the future direction of this essential policy.

“What builders need is certainty - and this is anything but. While the Coalition continues to dither over zero carbon, product manufacturers and the supply chain are losing out, putting jobs and much needed growth in the construction sector at risk.”

Notes to editors

The Budget report stated: “The Government is committed to implementing ‘zero carbon homes’ from 2016. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will publish a detailed plan, setting out its response to the 2012 consultation on the energy efficiency requirements in building regulations, by May 2013. The Government will then consult on next steps, including on the means of delivering allowable solutions, by Summer Recess.”

Date: 14/06/2013