End of zero carbon buildings policy

George Osborne has announced the end of the UK’s zero carbon buildings policy.

The Productivity Plan confirms that the government is dropping the zero carbon buildings policy first announced in 2007. Included in the widely trailed announcement of changes to the planning process is a statement that

“The Government will repeat its successful target from the previous Parliament to reduce net regulation on house builders. The government does not intend to proceed with the zero carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme, or the proposed 2016 increase in on-site energy efficiency standards, but will keep energy efficiency standards under review, recognising that existing measures to increase energy efficiency of new buildings should be allowed time to become established”. (See para 9.17, penultimate bullet, page 50 of the document)

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