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The latest activity in the zero carbon agenda. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Task Group recommends action to tackle ventilation and indoor air quality in new homes

A Zero Carbon Hub – led Task Group concludes that much work needs to be done to ensure good performance of Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems in people’s homes.

Reinforcing findings of the Interim Report published in January 2012 and drawing on available evidence, the Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ) Task Group recommends that concerted Government – led action should be taken to develop and promote good practice and to ensure public health and safety with new research informing future Building Regulation requirements.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Budget 2013 confirms Government’s commitment to zero carbon homes

Government today published its 2013 Budget, in which the commitment to zero carbon homes from 2016 is reaffirmed.

Amidst a number of other housing related announcements, the commitment to ‘zero carbon homes’ is accompanied by a commitment to publish a detailed plan setting out Government’s response to the 2012 building regulations consultation on energy efficiency requirements. In addition, and by the Summer Recess, Government has committed to consult on the next steps for the zero carbon homes policy, including the means for delivering allowable solutions.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Minister launches Hub-led project to tackle the performance challenge

A new project to examine the energy performance of new homes is unveiled today. The industry-backed project brings together leading housebuilders and industry experts to investigate the actual performance of homes and better understand how this compares to that expected by the original design. Communities and Local Government minister Rt Hon Don Foster MP announced a new £380,000 grant for the project, which is led by the Zero Carbon Hub.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Zero Carbon Strategies Explained

Launched today, ‘Zero Carbon Strategies for Low and Zero Carbon Homes’ uses newly built housing schemes to illustrate the approaches that a house builder could take to meet the expected 2016 zero carbon requirements.

Monday, January 21, 2013

DECC Minister to address Nearer to Zero conference

Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change will provide the keynote speech at the Birmingham Nearer to Zero conference on 14th February.

Shortly after the 28th January 2013 launch date for the Green Deal Cashback Scheme, Baroness Verma will offer the government perspective on what the scheme hopes to achieve and will take questions from the floor.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Allowable Solutions for Tomorrow's New Homes

In a new report published today, the Zero Carbon Hub sets out the latest insights into how Allowable Solutions, a critical component of the Government’s 2016 zero carbon new homes policy, could operate.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Understanding overheating - where to start: An introduction

‘Understanding overheating – where to start: An introduction for house builders and designers (NF44)’

This guidance document, published July 2012 by Zero Carbon Hub and NHBC Foundation, introduces the reader to the topic of overheating in homes, a topic to which increasing attention is being given.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Report helps employers identify growth opportunities

An easy-to-follow guide to help businesses take advantage of opportunities in the move to low and zero carbon buildings and homes is on offer from SummitSkills.

SummitSkills commissioned the report – Low Carbon Buildings and Homes: Skills and Opportunities – from the Zero Carbon Hub as a way to help businesses get to grips with the current and emerging legislation and regulations affecting the growing ‘green’ agenda.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Energy efficient homes could cut annual bills in half

Living in today’s new homes could create annual savings of around 55% on gas and electricity spending – that’s over £1,300 in today’s market1, according to the NHBC Foundation and Zero Carbon Hub.

Following its UK-wide research project into consumer attitudes towards zero carbon homes2, NHBC Foundation has worked with the Zero Carbon Hub to chart the energy savings that could potentially be achieved by living in different types of energy efficient new homes.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Experience leads to passion for energy efficient new homes

New research from the NHBC Foundation shows that consumers are highly satisfied with energy efficient new homes but wider-scale engagement could be held back by the confusion around Zero Carbon Homes.

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