October 2014 issue

Will the Zero Carbon target ever truly be achievable or is it another pipe dream? When the coalition came into power in May 2010, they promised great things and quickly set about planning the honourable initiative. Fast forward to now and definitions have changed, goalposts have moved and the once firm commitment now represents a watered down policy, as the Government unveils small housing sites are to be excluded from the target.

Acknowledging the enormity of this ask, the Lib Dems said the move was aimed at exempting small housebuilders from the requirements. But under the new plans, larger developers would only be required to build to code level four as long as they offset the additional carbon through other projects, as opposed to level five which mirrors the Zero Carbon standard – a realistic compromise or an inevitable surrender?

Facilitating the mainstream delivery of zero carbon homes has and will always be a mammoth task. Fortunately the industry is behind its main principles and we are continuously seeing innovations to move one step closer.

To keep up to date with the Zero Carbon target and find out about the latest energy efficient solutions on offer, join Zero Caron Hub and others alike at the inaugural RCI Show this coming month at the RICOH Arena in Coventry – more details can be found on page 40.

Along with our regular spotlight articles, which profile a selection of striking projects, you will also find dedicated features on Thermal Performance, HVAC, Interiors, Hotels and Floors, Walls & Ceilings.

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