August 2015 issue

Last month, the Government announced a review of how to improve productivity across a range of areas. Among changes to planning and higher education, the Government does not intend to proceed with the zero-carbon Allowable Solutions carbon-offsetting scheme, or the proposed 2016 increase in on-site energy efficiency standards – criticised by campaigners as the death knell for zero-carbon homes.

Although deemed short-sighted, unnecessary, retrograde and damaging to the housebuilding industry, the plan is part of a wider package designed to boost housebuilding by relaxed planning laws.

In this month’s Voice of the Industry, Chris Hall, BRUFMA’s Chief Executive, gives his views on the removal of the 2016 zero carbon homes target and the effect this will have on the wider energy-efficiency industry. Turn to page 18 to find out more.

Elsewhere in this issue, you will find dedicated features on Modern Methods of Construction, Landscaping, Lighting, Green Roofs, Refurbishment & Renovation, Doors & Windows, and Paints, Coatings & Finishes.

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