The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has urged the government to stick with its target for all new homes to be zero-carbon by 2016, despite calls for more flexibility from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
‘This is not the time to scrap the zero-carbon target,’ a UK-GBC spokesperson told the AJ. ‘The whole point of setting out the future direction of the Building Regulations is to drive innovation and bring down the cost of zero-carbon solutions. The 2016 target is tough, but still achievable.’
Last week (20 March 2009), the RICS called on the government to rethink its ‘unrealistic’ target, in response to the Definition of Zero-Carbon Homes and Non-Domestic Buildings consultation, which began at the end of 2008. The institution claimed only a 70 per cent reduction of emissions in all new homes is achievable by 2016.
Also in response to the consultation, the RIBA advocated a total 80 per cent reduction of emissions in all homes by 2050, and called for a reclassification of district power and cooling schemes.
Ben Humphries, an associate at London-based practice Architype, added that the government needs to re-focus its priorities on renewables. ‘Its approach is misguided. It needs to set these ambitious targets, but has to give more focused assistance in the right areas.’