Builders moving towards zero-carbon homes target

09 October 2007
The building industry is making progress towards the government's target for delivering carbon-neutral homes, according to one expert.

John Alker, public affairs manager for the UK Green Building Council, said the organisation believes it is "fantastic" that the government is aiming to ensure all new homes are carbon neutral by 2016.

Mr Alker stated that although builders are not required to build zero carbon homes yet, building regulations are being brought into line with the Code for Sustainable Homes legislation.

He said it was "important" that builders were preparing to be able to construct homes which meet the government's target, but the actual number of such houses built by then was "going to be relatively small".

Under the Code for Sustainable Homes, the government said it is aiming to introduce a star rating system to grade buildings on their sustainability.

The government also announced that there would be stamp duty exemptions for owners of zero carbon homes.

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