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All New Homes To Be ‘zero Carbon’ By 2016

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All new homes to be ‘zero carbon’ by 2016

New government white paper demands that all new homes must be ‘zero carbon’ by 2016

The highly anticipated white paper on climate and energy has reasserted targets for zero-carbon homes and schools.

Wednesday’s white paper, the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, sets out the government’s plan for meeting its ‘carbon budget’, which requires the UK to cut emissions from 1990 levels by 34 per cent.

As part of the plan, the paper stipulates that, in addition to new homes, new schools, public sector buildings and non-domestic buildings may also be required to be zero-carbon within the next ten years (see the timeline below).

The paper had been expected to define the term ‘zero-carbon’, but stopped short of a detailed definition:

‘The Government has consulted on the detail of the definition of ‘zero carbon’ and will announce further thinking shortly,’ the paper says. ‘Progress towards the “zero carbon†standard will be made through the progressive tightening of the Building Regulations.’

The paper briefly described zero carbon as ‘meaning that their net carbon emissions over a year will be zero.’

The paper has been widely heralded by green building activists as placing the UK at the global forefront of tackling climate change and carbon emissions.

UK-GBC chief executive Paul King said: ‘The Government’s renewed commitment to zero carbon homes provides all-important consistency of direction, while responding to genuine industry concerns. Government has rightly said that of all the challenges facing the housebuilding industry, carbon reduction is not something that can be compromised on.

“This announcement confirms a sensible ‘hierarchy’ approach to carbon reductions.’

“This statement will provide increased confidence for an industry that needs to plan and deliver urgently needed new homes. But the final definition remains very important and we look forward to that in due course.â€

In addition to homes and schools, the paper also sets targets for the London 2012 Olympic Park, with the aim to ‘reduce carbon emissions from the built environment in the Olympic Park by 50% by 2013.’

All I can say is that taxes are going to go through the 'zero carbon' roof.

Pure nonsense.

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A year from being kicked out of office, you really wonder what the point of all of this hot air is? Little chance of any of this misguided nonsense being implemented.

What are the plants going to do without their C02, it seems mean.

Our Minister for Climate Change (ho ho) is particularly lacking in the credibility department. Just seen a bit of Newsnight with a post-Vesta wind turbine debate, absolutely no balance. (Interesting comments over on B-BBC about the Beeb's decision to go 'pro Global Warming' in 2005. That was the consensus, debate over.)

There will be a backlash, I also think the greens will get some of it.

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Message to growing buinesses - forget the UK as a long term base and make the move asap.

This zero carbon ******** is already well beyond idiocy.

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I feel carbon is getting a bad rep, well I quite like carbon actually and feel that the human race has benefitted enormously from the presence of this element.

It is present in all known lifeforms, and in the human body carbon is the second most abundant element by mass (about 18.5%) after oxygen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon

This environmental stuff is getting out of hand.

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Message to growing buinesses - forget the UK as a long term base and make the move asap.

This zero carbon ******** is already well beyond idiocy.

On the Contrary.

By 2015 the UK will be heavily reliant on imports however will lack the means to pay for such imports.

Zero Carbon housing for all achieved by market economics!

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Its a good thing those Chinese and Indians have all decided to give up roadbuilding, airportbuilding, shopping centre building, post building, coal mining, power station building.

Yeah it's good isn't it. They can destroy the world while I'm supposed to feel guilty for having a BBQ. <_<

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Yes, I hate all these targets and government micromanagement. The most efficient way to reduce carbon dioxide emission would be to simply tax fossil fuel use more heavily, make sure no-one starves or freezes, and leave the rest to the market forces.

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These people are total sociopaths

Who do they think believes any of this cr*p?

2 years ago I promised my wife we would have a million pounds by 2009

Unfortunately I failed to achieve this target by a considerable margin.

My wife was well pissed and wanted to know what I was going to do about it.

So I set myself a new, even more challenging target of 4 million pounds by 2011.

My wife was really impressed - At this rate by 2050 We'll be richer than Bill Gates.

Socialism for beginners, jam tommorrow, but tommorrow we'll all be dead.

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