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UK GBC launches zero carbon definition

The UK Green Building Council has released its report ‘The Definition of Zero Carbon’.

The zero carbon task group, chaired by Barratt chief executive Mark Clare, was brought together in 2007 following concern that the Government’s housing targets would not be met under the current definition.

Recommendations include that new buildings must meet strict minimum energy efficiency standards, both for the design of the building and also the household appliances supplied by developers.

And developers must seek to mitigate carbon emissions from energy use on or near the site. But if they are unable to do so they can pay into a Community Energy Fund, which will ensure equal or greater carbon savings delivered through new infrastructure.

Or developers can build their own off-site solution that provides the necessary energy needs for the site.

Mr Clare said: “We’ve successfully established some key principles, which we hope to see fed into government’s consultation on the definition of zero carbon this summer.”