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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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A green and murky conundrum…

by mel starrs on April 4, 2007

in Embodied Energy

Mark Brinkley has written up a great critique of Bill Dunster (of BedZED infamy) and his green philosophy, following on from the article in the Sunday Times at the weekend. Highlights include: Bill’s a fan of thermal mass, acheived by concrete (high embodied energy) He’s not a fan of mech vent, opting for wind cowls […]

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The general flavour of reaction seems to be to welcome the CSH, but with many calls to address existing housing stock. Friends of the Earth agree that the Code should be mandatory – I think it will be by April 2008. Places for People believe it should apply to all housing.  I would agree in principle, but […]

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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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