The government has recently published its Clean Growth Strategy which aims to set out how the country will meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.
The documents outlines sums to be invested including £3.2bn into improving energy efficiency in homes through grants for insulation, with specific mentions for privately-rented housing and social housing; and two new £10m innovation programmes to develop technologies for low carbon homes.
Good Homes Alliance member Cygnus Homes‘ modular constructed prototype house built to Passivhaus standards, which the GHA recently organised a site visit to, was featured as part of a recent Channel 4 News item about the policy.
The house was designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects and their Head of Sustainable Design, Tom Dollard was interviewed about the zero carbon homes policy, which was controversially scrapped in 2015.
“The industry had a clear target which was meant to be zero carbon homes by 2016. That was scrapped and then there was a lot of confusion, there still is. We need a clear target and simple policy to set housebuilders and developers a standard for zero carbon, or low carbon homes.”