I felt quite sad reading the news about the Zero Carbon Hub closing today.
Having spoken with numerous people in the industry about the government's historic plans to target developers on building such homes by 2016 there would have been real collaboration in the industry. I recall one fascinating conversation with a senior figure from BRE on how they were harnessing new innovation in the industry. The drive has also attributed to leaps in building product innovation. You only have to look at this years exhibitors at the Fit Show to witness who door & window companies are vying for business, reducing carbon.
The Hub was established as a public/private body in 2008 to help translate the then Government’s target for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016 into practicable regulation, and to remove the barriers to its implementation. Over the past eight years the Hub has supported the new homes’ industry in the delivery of the zero carbon homes' programme and overseen the successful introduction of higher energy efficiency standards. Following the decision by the Government not to pursue the zero carbon target at this time, industry funding has been withdrawn.