Government poses four zero carbon routes for housebuilders

August 6, 2013
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Consultation also considers extending allowable solutions to non-residential sector

The government is seeking industry views on whether allowable solutions – the planned routes to future zero carbon housebuilding – should be extended to non-domestic buildings. It poses the question in its consultation on allowable solutions, which sets out four proposed ways for housebuilders to meet the zero carbon standard.

On the question of extending the route to non-domestic buildings, the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) says it is open minded, but it notes in its consultation document that there is much cost-effective abatement in the non-domestic sector which policy is not bringing forward, and which allowable solutions could unlock.

Routes for housebuilders

Under the proposals, housebuilders will be able to meet the zero carbon target by:

  • Undertaking 100% carbon abatement on site or through connected measures, such as a heat network
  • Meeting carbon reductions through off-site actions such as improving other existing buildings, renewable heat or energy schemes, or by building to a higher standard than current Part L requirements
  • Using a third party allowable solutions provider to deliver carbon abatement measures for them. In most cases the third party body would be a private sector organisation, but local authorities might also offer such a service
  • Paying into a fund that invests in projects that will deliver carbon abatement on their behalf. The payment would be based on a fixed price, which would be subject to review from time to time.

The consultation runs until 15 October.

Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, said that the proposals appeared sensible. He added: “As our report said in 2008, we believe the price of allowable solutions should be set to encourage community level solutions first.”

Next steps to zero carbon homes: allowable solutions is available here

This article first appeared on Building4Change