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New homes to be carbon free by 2016

Housing Minster Grant Shapps has announced a radical review of building regulations to ensure that all new homes are carbon free by 2016

Shapps said the guidelines, to be implemented over the coming years, will improve the standard of wall and loft insulation and windows. The new rules will be based on those set out in a recent consultation on the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Household carbon emissions will be judged against a benchmark established by the Zero Carbon Hub, Shapps said.

The measures were announced as part of a package that the Government claims will make it easier for developers to meet environmental obligations.

A community energy fund, a scheme originally proposed by the UK Green Building Council, will also be established to allow builders to make payments towards renewable energy schemes such as community wind farms, Shapps said.

He added that the package, part of many initiatives designed to make the current Government the greenest administration ever, would be less top-down and less prescriptive in its approach to bringing about change than previous attempts.

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