Zero Carbon Strategies for Tomorrows New Homes

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The Zero Carbon Hub has now published guidance to support each of the three steps incorporated in the Government's policy for zero carbon homes. From 2016 our new homes will: - have high standards of fabric energy efficiency, to reduce energy demand; - incorporate low carbon energy technologies, to reduce carbon emissions from heat and power generation; - through an Allowable Solutions mechanism, increase investment in carbon-saving infrastructure and community projects. In developing and refining the standards and frameworks to support the house building industry in delivering these objectives, much can be learned from those who have already strived to align with the emerging zero carbon policy. In this guide we feature four developments whose project teams have risen to the 2016 challenge and shown how the flexibility inherent within current guidance can work to achieve successful, practical outcomes. Importantly we can align these projects to a suite of strategies or approaches that offer broad principles for others to follow, depending on their current direction of innovation. At the point of writing, policy on zero carbon homes is still evolving and some uncertainty remains, in particular, about the way the Allowable Solutions will operate and be delivered. For this reason readers should recognise that in this Guide the Zero Carbon Hub is presenting our current understanding of what will need to become normal business from 2016. At this time of ongoing financial constraint, it is a huge reassurance that the house building sector and its clients not only remain active in its pursuit of the zero carbon target, but are also willing to share experiences openly for wider benefit.