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'Zero-carbon' homes can still emit CO2

'Zero-carbon' homes can still emit CO2

By Oliver Wright, Whitehall Editor
Friday, 25 February 2011

Grant Shapps is set to endorse a report meaning some new housing will only have to make 50 per cent cuts for a zero-carbon rating

Newly built houses will be allowed to emit tons of CO2 every year and still be called "zero carbon" under new rules being considered by ministers.

In five years time, all new homes built in the UK were expected to be carbon neutral, using technology such as wind turbines, solar panels and ground-source heat pumps. But guidance drawn up for the Housing minister, Grant Shapps, now suggests that some developments will only have to achieve 50 per cent carbon reductions from present rules to qualify.

full article : http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/zerocarbon-homes...