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Sustainability leader says Green Deal is an 'accident waiting to happen'

A leading sustainability expert has called for the Code for Sustainable Homes to be scrapped and warned the Green Deal is “an accident waiting to happen”.

Neil May, who has been on the technical advisory group for the CSH and Zero Carbon Hub, said that the code should be scrapped and elements of value integrated into building regulations.

He also said the Zero Carbon Hub has been asked to make an impossible policy a reality with their recommendations to the government.

Mr May is the founder of Natural Building Technologies and last year brought together the St Pancras Group, a group of experts in sustainability in the built environment, to campaign to government for radically simplified legislation.

He told Construction News the government needed to take a radically different approach to policy based on simplicity and integrity.

“I was in a Code 4 building recently made by a major contractor and it was Code 4 even though it had no insulation but they had spent thousands on solar PVs and rainwater harvesting.

“The Green Deal is another disaster waiting to happen because it is being done without a proper understanding of buildings and what is effective.

“We need to stop saying we are going to be the best ever and world leaders because the reality is we are not good at building and have not done good research for a long time.”

Mr May said the industry needed to speak up for simpler legislation and to invest in learning about buildings as monitoring will come in soon and will pose massive risks for companies “who don’t know what they are doing”.

To read Tom Fitzpatrick’s blog from Ecobuild, click here.

Readers' comments (1)


    I agree with Neil May that "The Green Deal" is an accident waiting to happen. Sustainable communities like the Green Party want are unrealistic and unobtainable before the economy vanishes completely.
    Wind Turbines are a fallacy in terms of sustainablility in relation to performance/economic value for money in real time terms. We need to abolish the unproven/ academic unquantifiable ( or proven waste of materials ) resulting in
    market collapse. I can respect bricks, mortar, Recycling, Incinerators and electric/combustion engine hybrids before the oil industry collapses'

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