The Zero Carbon Home
“within ten years every new home will be a zero-carbon home”
Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister
If we are to achieve a truly sustainable future and halt the effects of global warming there must be a move towards zero carbon housing – that is homes which do not contribute to global warming because they do not emit any CO2.
In 2007, Gordon Brown announced the Government’s intention to move towards zero carbon housing by 2016 and as an added incentive waived stamp duty for all zero carbon homes under £500,000.
The Code for Sustainable homes has been developed in conjunction with the Government and the building industry and provides a road map to get there by 2016.
Zero carbon homes include a range of energy efficiency measures from thicker insulation to water conservation, renewable energy generation from photovoltaic cells and solar hot water to more efficient appliances and ventilation systems.