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Zero Carbon Hub recently published their 2016 Programme Delivery Timeline report (pdf, 7 pgs). Zero Carbon by 2016 is looking optimistic at best, given allowable solutions has not yet been defined: Overview The Zero Carbon Hub maintains a series of timelines and convenes a cross-industry ‘Timeline Group’ on a regular basis to review and report […]

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McLeod, R.S., et al., An investigation into recent proposals for a revised definition of zero carbon homes in the UK. Energy Policy (2012), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2012.02.066 I found this paper via one of the many publications I scan via RSS. The paper has two slants to it – an excellent history of zero carbon and the route […]

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Via Andrew Lainton’s excellent planning blog (a must read ifyou’re interested in the NPPF) comes the advice for inspectors (pdf) with regards to NPPF – two paragraphs of interest to me: Provide more flexibility regarding manner in which local planning authorities meet local requirements for decentralised energy supply. Encouragement for local planning authorities to map areas […]

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Localism, zero carbon and planning

by Mel Starrs on May 23, 2011

in Zero Carbon

A few announcements in the last week on localism, zero carbon and planning – we’re slowly inching towards a new paradigm*. So, where do we stand? The Localism Bill will now go to the Lords after 300 MP’s voted in favour (216 against). I had thought that we might get the definition of ‘presumption in favour of […]

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Last Wednesday, buried in the midst of all the material associated with the Budget, came a watered down (almost) definition of zero carbon. I shall attempt to illustrate a short history of zero carbon and the past five years below, but the lesson remains this (from Robert Kyriakides almost 3 years ago): Trying to work […]

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Zero carbon housing – what does it mean?

by mel starrs on June 3, 2008

in Zero Carbon

I’ve been following the recent developments on zero carbon housing closely. The current discussions are revolving around the UKGBC’s document defining zero carbon released a couple of weeks ago. I read the document and had a couple of observations to make which I didn’t blog immediately. Instead I sat back and watched the fireworks begin. […]

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One definition of a zero carbon development

by mel starrs on November 29, 2007

in Zero Carbon

There is a wealth of information available at the LEP website including ‘Towards Zero Carbon Developments’ (pdf 108 pages from July 2006). The document proposes a definition of a zero carbon development as: A zero carbon development is one that achieves zero net carbon emissions from energy use on site, on an annual basis. Excluded […]

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What exactly is a zero carbon home then Gordon?

by Mel Starrs on December 7, 2006

in Zero Carbon

Gordon Brown announced his pre-budget report yesterday. The pertinent chapter for our industry is Chapter 7 (pdf, 26 pages). Driving home last night Radio 4 were asking the question ‘what is a zero carbon home?’. The reporter had even rang up DCLG for an answer – a spokesman said “one which was not a net […]

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