Next steps to Zero Carbon Homes: Small site exemptions announced

Last November the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued a consultation ‘Next Steps to zero carbon homes – small site exemption’ to invite views on a proposed exemption for smaller housing sites from the ‘full’ zero carbon standards to be introduced in 2016.

To achieve zero carbon homes the government proposed an uplift in building regulations roughly equivalent to code level 4 - a 19% improvement over 2013 standards, and a system to allow house builders to offset the remaining carbon emissions offsite, known as ‘Allowable Solutions’.

On 27th March the government published its response to this consultation. It has been announced that sites with 10 plots or less and an overall maximum size of 1000 m2 of floor space will be exempt from the allowable solutions part of the zero carbon standard. This means that all new homes will be required to meet the uplifted on site energy performance standards but will not be required to incorporate any further offsite carbon abatement measures. This exemption for small sites will be reviewed after 3 years so as to cover a full development cycle for small sites.

A copy of the full announcement can be found here

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