By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.

Close

Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Close

Housebuilders 'pessimistic' over zero-carbon targets

The cream of the UK’s housebuilders have warned that they are ‘deeply uncomfortable’ about their ability to achieve the government’s targets for all new homes to be zero-carbon by 2016.

Managers from the UK’s top ten house-building firms – Persimmon, Barratt, George Wimpey, Taylor Woodrow, Bellaway, Redrow Group, Miller Homes, Bovis, Berkeley, and Charles Church Developments – were interviewed by sustainability consultancy Inbuilt.

David Strong, Inbuilt chief executive and special advisor to the European Commission on energy, said: ‘When we asked the house-building industry whether it can deliver under the existing rules there was a mixed and mostly pessimistic view.’

‘There is a clear message that the government must simplify its definition of zero carbon and allow access to renewable electricity from certified, additional sources if we are going to stand a chance of meeting its aims for 2016,’ added Strong.

Strong also described the Treasury’s stamp-duty relief for zero-carbon homes as a ‘red herring’, adding that it did ‘did nothing to help deliver zero-carbon homes’.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters