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Budget 2013: Zero carbon homes commitment renewed

The government has renewed its commitment to delivering zero carbon homes by 2016

The government has pledged to produce a detailed plan, setting out a response to the 2012 consultation on Part L Building Regulations, by May 2013. A consultation on allowable solutions will also be launched.

The announcement featured in the budget document presented to the House of Commons today (20 March) but was absent from chancellor George Osborne’s statement to the house.

The decision has been welcomed by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), who had called on the government to show their support for zero carbon homes in the budget.

Paul King, CEO of UK-GBC, said: ‘George Osborne’s re-commitment to zero carbon homes from 2016 is the one shining green beacon in today’s budget.

‘The fact that it’s there, is welcome and important, but it looks very solitary in a budget otherwise devoid of support for green growth, with even the Government’s flagship Green Deal failing to get a look in.’

Neil Jefferson, chief executive of the Zero Carbon Hub added: ‘Today’s budget statement is helpful and further announcements in coming months will help provide the clarity and certainty on the government’s zero carbon commitment that we all need.’

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