The Department for Communities and Local Government has published a revised version of the Code for Sustainable Homes, following comments and feedback from the industry.
The move led Housing Minister Yvette Cooper to call on developers to refocus their efforts to deliver ‘the eco-homes of the future’.
Cooper said: ‘We need to build more affordable homes but we also need to cut carbon emissions at the same time. That is why we are working with the industry to meet the zero-carbon challenge, including through financial services.’
The main changes to the code are how energy efficiencies for flats with or without renewables are calculated, the way water efficiencies are calculated, and how offsite renewables are utilised.
Cooper added: ‘The ambition for all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016 is a challenging one. We need to work in close cooperation with housebuilders and the green technology industry to achieve it.’
Meanwhile, the Treasury has said it will shortly lay draft regulations before Parliament setting out its definition of a zero-carbon home for stamp-duty land purposes.
The Revised Code for Sustainable Homes can be viewed at www.planningportal.gov.uk