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Govt. Abandons Zero-Emissions On New Homes Pledge

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http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jun/02/queens-speech-infrastructure-bill-zero-carbon

The coalition has effectively abandoned a pledge to make all new homes "zero-carbon" by 2016, as new legislation in the Queen's speech would not apply to housing built in small developments and companies would be allowed to buy exemptions from new green standards.

Ministers have repeatedly watered down the goal of making sure all new housing does not create any carbon emissions and the new infrastructure bill would hand another gift to developers in an effort to encourage the construction of more homes.

The bill would exempt all small housing developments from the new green standards and allow builders to pay their way out of their full obligations. Where the developer chooses not to go "zero-carbon", they can build a home with emissions 44% lower than 2006 levels and make up for this by contributing to alternative green schemes at a rate of between £38 and £90 per tonne of carbon to be saved.

Tories appear to be in thrall to their developer chums.

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Given that for a detached house, a 4kW solar installation and solar hot water would come in at under £10k (and make the mortgage more affordable via FiT..) it's amazing that they are not standard on houses with a £350k price tag.

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BUY exemptions?

If green is all its cracked up to be, then BUYING EXEMPTIONS is 125% BS...I mean, either the green is necessary, or it isnt. either way, buying an exemption is just the stupidity of Government.

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Given that for a detached house, a 4kW solar installation and solar hot water would come in at under £10k (and make the mortgage more affordable via FiT..) it's amazing that they are not standard on houses with a £350k price tag.

If the £500k Taylor Wimpey newbuilds near me are anything to go by, where you have to pay £200 extra per bedroom if you want down lighters rather than a pendant fitting, I can't see them giving solar away :lol:

Personally, the more Queen's speech proposals I see the more my pencil is driven elsewhere on the ballot paper - trouble is I don't know to where.

Zero carbon, or let's say maximally energy efficient housing given current technologies, should be a prerequisite.

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I think it's more an indication that house land prices are so high that every possible cost must be cut when building a new home, if there is to be any chance of selling it.

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I think it's more an indication that house land prices are so high that every possible cost must be cut when building a new home, if there is to be any chance of selling it.

Indeed. In a functioning marketplace, of course, developers would be adding these features to help to differentiate and sell their houses..

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Given that for a detached house, a 4kW solar installation and solar hot water would come in at under £10k (and make the mortgage more affordable via FiT..) it's amazing that they are not standard on houses with a £350k price tag.

Yes, but I'd rather not be enthralled to some "solar company" renting my roof for 25 years! If the kit comes with the house, and it's owned by yours from day 1, I would be delighted! :blink: Then I have to get it maintained, but that's part of the "joy" of property ownership! :mellow:

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I think it's more an indication that house land prices are so high that every possible cost must be cut when building a new home, if there is to be any chance of selling it.

Indeed. In a functioning marketplace, of course, developers would be adding these features to help to differentiate and sell their houses..

Just goes to show the home is almost irrelevant- its almost as if all we are doing is profiteering on land and the home is an expensive inconvenience that gets in the way of affordability thereby requiring to be minimised as much as possible. If it were a computer we'd be spending 400K on the latest Apple iAbacus.

That said, I'm not sure if the construction industry was geared up for zero carbon homes anyway.

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Indeed. In a functioning marketplace, of course, developers would be adding these features to help to differentiate and sell their houses..

+1

It's just more green nonsense, political horse play and money talking. Huge whiff of lobbying/backhanders.

Of course, progress would naturally mean houses are build to higher standards with greater material efficiency. Single glazing to double glazing; solid walls to cavity walls, etc...

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