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The latest activity in the zero carbon agenda. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Allowable Solutions for Zero Carbon Homes – towards a workable framework

Zero Carbon Hub today launches proposals for a delivery framework for Allowable Solutions. The proposed framework shows how developers will be able to reach the zero carbon standard set for 2016 and is a direct response to the Housing Minister’s call in February this year for a workable approach to Allowable Solutions, the third and final part of the Zero Carbon Homes Policy hierarchy1.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Zero Carbon Hub with NHBC Foundation has developed an introductory guide to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD-2). The guide provides a brief overview of the Directive and highlights the actions (Articles) proposed by the first and second EPBDs, giving special attention to the interpretation of EPBD-2 in the UK context.

The guide can be downloaded from the Zero Carbon Hub and NHBC Foundation website.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Substantial Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) project at Rowner

The Rowner Regeneration Scheme in Hampshire will form the basis for a substantial project to investigate the ‘as built’ performance of two newly constructed blocks of apartments. Investigations will assess heat losses from and fuel used by dwellings, and will examine occupant attitudes towards the inbuilt heating and ventilation systems and their fuel bills.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Budget announcement on Zero Carbon New Homes

In the Budget’s Plan for Growth document, the Zero Carbon Hub is pleased to note that its Task Group work on ‘Carbon Compliance’ will form the basis for consultations on future changes to the Building Regulations up to and including those in 2016. Furthermore, Task Group recommendations to move to ‘as-built performance’ of new homes will be at the forefront of thinking in future Building Regulation changes.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Recommendations for Carbon Compliance delivered to Minister

Zero Carbon Hub has today delivered final recommendations for the Carbon Compliance levels of new homes to the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP.

Recommendations for national minimum standards of Carbon Compliance – the onsite reductions of emissions – have been developed by a Zero Carbon Hub led Task Group. The Task Group found that the proposal from July 2009, to tighten the Carbon Compliance standard by 70% (equivalent to 6 kg CO2(eq) /m2/year), may not be achievable in all cases.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Zero Carbon Hub’s success secures future funding

Speaking to a packed audience of more than 330 delegates at the Zero Carbon Hub’s Inaugural Annual Conference today, Chairman Paul King announced funding for the Zero Carbon Hub had been secured for the next financial year, to March 2012.

Paul King said:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I’ve seen the (green) future, and it’s Milton Keynes!

GREEN - thinking partners in Milton Keynes have worked together to produce a vision for the Borough’s low carbon future.

Milton Keynes Council, Milton Keynes Partnership, NHBC and the Zero Carbon Hub have produced the first low carbon prospectus for Milton Keynes, called Milton Keynes: a Sustainable Future. The prospectus charts the Borough’s green history and sets out aspirations for Milton Keynes to become known internationally for low carbon living and working.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Zero Carbon Definition for Homes – Carbon Compliance Levels Recommended

A Task Group convened by the Zero Carbon Hub has delivered a report to the Minister for Housing and Local Government setting out its recommendations for carbon compliance levels for new homes from 2016. Carbon Compliance – that is, on-site reductions in emissions – form part of the Government’s overall plan for achieving zero carbon homes; the other part comprises off-site “allowable solutions.”

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Decade of Change in House Building

A new report presented to the 2016 Zero Carbon Task Force predicts the future of housebuilding and calls for an urgent upskilling for all parts of the new homes industry to deal with a decade of change.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Decade of Change in House Building

A new report presented to the 2016 Zero Carbon Task Force predicts the future of housebuilding and calls for an urgent upskilling for all parts of the new homes industry to deal with a decade of change.

Home Building Skills 2020 is a joint initiative between NHBC, Zero Carbon Hub and ConstructionSkills, supported by the Home Builders Federation. It was set up 18 months ago to investigate the likely changes affecting the new homes industry and to advise on how the various professional, trade and technical roles should prepare in terms of training and qualifications.

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