The Government has announced, through the Queen’s Speech, that the Zero Carbon standard will be implemented from 2016 using an Allowable Solutions scheme.
All developments will be required to meet a set minimum energy performance standard through Building Regulations. To achieve the Zero Carbon definition, developers can choose to use an Allowable Solutions scheme. This can be used if mitigating all carbon emissions on site once the minimum energy performance is achieved, is neither technically feasible nor cost effective.
Other key announcements include: