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Green rules will add 50pc to homes cost

The price of a green house could mean buyers having to pay up to 50 per cent more than they would for a traditional home.

A Government report into the cost of zero carbon homes predicted the cost of a standard detached house measuring 102 m sq internally would rise from £91,410 to £138,943 if it was to meet level 6 of the Government’s code for sustainable homes.

The code will come into force in 2016 and requires all new homes to reach this level. Smaller premises, the report says, such as a standard 60 m sq flat, will cost up to a quarter more.

Among the costs house builders will have to include are energy producing technologies such as biomass heating and responsible sourcing.

But Moylan Homes chairman Martin Moylan, the developer behind a level 6 scheme which got planning permission last week, said zero carbon homes would sell. He added: “Consumers are worried about the environment and global warming.”

To download the Communities and Local Government report click on the resource box on the right hand side of the page