With the conurbation that is South Devon set to become a megalopolis in the next 20 years (well over half a million new homes are to be built in the South West), it’s reassuring to find a new report claiming that the region could become a world leader in providing zero carbon housing.
The report (a bit of a mouthful) - Supporting and developing zero carbon development in the South West – Policy and Technical Reports – prepared by Peter Capener and Faber Maunsell - was commissioned by the South West Regional Assembly, South West RDA and Government Office for the South West and ’shows that zero carbon homes are now technically viable in larger housing developments in South West England’, so says the press release.
Also, according to the RegenSW blurb (the group which sent out the press release): ‘A zero carbon development policy is included in the draft Regional Spatial Strategy which is being examined this spring before final adoption next year.
‘If approved, the policy will apply to all new development in South West England.
‘Meanwhile, the Government has recently announced that it would like to see building regulations ratchet up to zero carbon standards by 2016.’
But wait a minute, didn’t we hear that the House Builders Federation was not too keen on all this stringent zero carbon gubbins?
Trawl around the RegenSW site or the SWRDA for a copy of the report and their reactions to it.
Posted by Cptn
April 13th, 2007