Much was made of the governments 2015 u-turn on the now defunct Zero Carbon Homes policy of 2006.
The vision was for all new developments to produce as much energy as they use by 2016. Although much investment and education was needed, no one could argue with the fact that UK's dwellings suck up much of our emissions. In fact, two thirds of the UK's carbon dioxide emissions stem from our homes.
Coming out of the gloom of the recession the government recognised it needed to step in to "accelerate foundations" to the waning housing market. To stimulate growth it shelved the policy, much to the disgust of UK Green Building Council, The Energy Saving Trust et al.
Although not wholly related to domestic consumption, it is really positive to read that big names from within the building product and construction industry are putting their names to this Paris climate agreement.
Contractor Lendlease is among a trio of major firms to sign a pledge to deliver zero carbon buildings by 2050. The Australian firm, whose UK division is developing major London schemes in Elephant & Castle (pictured) and the Olympic Park, is joined by products giant Rockwool and engineer Integral in making the commitment. They have all signed up to the World Green Building Council’s Advancing Net Zero project, which was launched last summer. The initiative calls on national Green Building Councils to introduce their own net zero certification schemes, with the aim of launching pilots early next year. The World GBC said net zero emissions from the global building stock by 2050 is how the built environment sector can help deliver the Paris climate agreement.