Further debate required to continue developing a working, effective Allowable Solutions framework

Monday, June 9, 2014

Government has announced key decisions through the Queen’s Speech1 on the future of Allowable Solutions and achieving Zero Carbon new homes from 2016.

The Zero Carbon Hub2 welcomes the confirmation that Allowable Solutions3 will be included within the Zero Carbon definition, and that the Zero Carbon policy for new homes will be implemented from 2016. These confirmations are positive steps which begin to provide the certainty industry is seeking.

We now await further detail on these announcements and look forward to working with Government and industry to further develop the proposals. The Hub is committed to helping create a workable and equitable Zero Carbon definition for new homes, continuing on from the productive work Government and industry have put in to this over the last five years.

For this reason an Allowable Solutions session has been included in our “Nearer to Zero: Central London” conference on 8th July4. The conference will create a forum where industry can discuss the decisions made on this crucial aspect of the Zero Carbon policy.

We hope all representatives involved in the house building process can join us for this informative event which will also feature the launch of the Hub's Performance Gap project End of Term report by the Rt. Hon. Stephen Williams, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government.

For information on our London conference on 8th July click here.

ENDS

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Notes to Editors

1The full transcript of the Queen’s Speech, 4th June 2014 - can be view by clicking here.

2The Zero Carbon Hub was established in 2008, as a non-profit organisation, to take day-to-day operational responsibility for achieving the government’s target of delivering Zero Carbon homes in England from 2016. Since then the Hub has worked with both government and industry with the focus on raising build standards and reducing the risk associated with implementing the Zero Carbon Homes policy.

3Allowable Solutions is a key component of the Zero Carbon definition developed through Government Task groups. The principle is that Allowable Solutions offers developers a cost-effective and flexible means to achieve Zero Carbon, after complying with a set level of on-site requirements.

4The agenda for the London “Nearer to Zero” conference can be viewed here.