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Housing: Carbon Emissions

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Annette Brooke Annette Brooke Liberal Democrat, Mid Dorset and North Poole

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what level of emissions allow a property to be classified as a zero carbon home.

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister for Housing

The Government believe that, to qualify as zero carbon, new homes should not add extra carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. In delivering this commitment the Government have already confirmed that this will include an ambitious requirement for energy efficiency in the fabric of new homes. In addition to this the Government have commissioned further work from the zero carbon hub on the right levels of on-site reductions and we are awaiting the full findings of this work. It is widely accepted that for the majority of new homes it is not feasible to deal with all emissions on-site; given this, Government are working with industry to develop off-site mechanisms to deliver additional cost effective carbon savings.

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