Guidelines for zero carbon buildings
The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has issued a report which explains how a building can be zero carbon.
Government announced a goal in 2007 that all homes should be zero carbon by 2016, however there has been no definition of the term zero carbon until now.
The UK-GBC is now confident that its new definition will be endorsed by government so that developers can now build more environmentally sustainable buildings.
Within its guidelines UK-GBC says that all new buildings must meet strict energy efficiency standards and should seek to mitigate carbon emissions from energy use on or near the development. If not then minimum levels must be met.
Paul King, chief executive of UK-GBC, said that the government's level of ambition should be fully supported and the new report is about ensuring the same high level of carbon savings.
"The solutions we are pointing to are designed to ensure energy demand reduction always comes first and on- or near-site renewables should be the focus for meeting energy needs," he added.
In other news, in Abu Dhabi developers are planning to build a carbon neutral city.
Masdar City will be home to 50,000 people and is scheduled for completion in ten years, but currently the area is nothing but wind-swept desert.
Article Date: 12 May 2008
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