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House of Lords Zero Carbon Homes Ruling

Sustainable Housing UK: British Built Environment Policy News

27 Apr 2016

House of Lords Zero Carbon Homes Ruling News

House of Lords Reinstate Zero Carbon Homes Policy

In a report published today the House of Lords ‘Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment’ announced a strong statement to the Government to reinstate the Zero Carbon new homes standard.

Amongst other items it concludes:

“The Government should reverse its decision to remove the requirement for new homes to generate no net carbon emissions (known as the “zero carbon homes” policy)…. The Government must set out and implement a viable trajectory towards energy efficiency and carbon reduction in new homes.”

BRE Zero Carbon Home for reference:
BRE Zero Carbon Home
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Article in full: Zero Carbon Homes House of Lords Ruling

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House of Lords Zero Carbon Homes Ruling

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Bolton Eco House
Bolton Eco House
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Zero Carbon Home
Zero Carbon Home
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BRE Zero Carbon Home

Barratt Zero-Carbon Home, UK

English Hemp House

Sustainable Buildings : Brief informal discussion re some of the issues
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Short-sighted Government housing policy will not meet objectives:
UK Government Housing Policy – external link
19 February 2016
“The National Policy for the Built Environment Committee today asserts the importance of delivering a better built environment and criticises current government policy as unlikely to meet demand for either the quantity or quality of houses we need. The Committee is concerned about the quality of new developments, and about the risk of housing delivery being prioritised at the expense of other elements of the built environment.”

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Consorcio Building
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So what can architects do to assist?

The RIBA Sustainability Hub includes sustainability information such as design strategies and case studies.

Sustainable design aims to reduce the adverse effect of human activities on our world, particularly climate change.

Architecture is responsible for about 45% of the carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas) emissions in the UK. Architects are a large part of the problem of tackling climate change, and consequently the solution – sustainable architecture.

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Sustainable Architecture Videos

Films about the Built Environment and the Climate

e-architect feature a series of eight videos from Green.TV about creating sustainable cities, all sadly archived now due to broken links:

Interview with Daniel Libeskind, Architect
How do you involve the local community when developing your architecture projects?

Interview with Richard Rosan, President of Urban Land Institute
Why is capturing land value not more widely used as a way to finance infrastructure investments?

Interview with Pablo Vaggione, Lead author of the UN-Habitat Guide for city leaders
What is the ideal density for a city to be sustainable?

Interview with Mpho Franklyn Tau, Mayor of Johannesburg
How important is it to involve Johannesburg’s citizens in the city’s planning programmes?

Interview with Joan Cloas, Head of the UN-Habitat
What are the key elements for good urban planning in the 21st century?

Interview with Holger Dalkmann, CEO Embarq/WRI
How does urban planning influence our transportation patterns?

Interview with David Cadman, President ICLEI
How are climate issues linked to urban planning and sustainability?

Interview with Abha Joshi-Ghani, Senior Manager World Bank
With scarce resources, what solutions are available to finance the infrastructure needs of cities?

Sustainable Architecture – external link

Bloomberg “Global Warming Fight Threatened by Debt Crisis as Kyoto Fades”

AFP “Climate talks bust-up feared despite dire warnings”

Sustainable Design : article by Trevor Tucker. 15 Sep 2009

Sustainable Architecture News Scotland

Example of sustainable architecture:

Panyaden School, Thailand
Design: 24H > architecture
Thai School Building
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Thailand School Building

Bill Dunster Architects : ZED Factory, London, UK – sustainable architecture practice

Sustainable Architecture Design : article by Trevor Tucker. 18 Aug 2009

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Lighthouse ‘Sust’ Programme

Bennetts Associates : Sustainable architects practice

Sustainable Homes

Slateford Green, Edinburgh – ‘car-free homes’

Sustainable house : Skye, Western Isles, Sctoland by rural design
rural design skye
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Sustainable Architecture : Lotte Glob House

Sustainable Architecture : David Douglas Centre

Sustainable Building Design : article by Trevor Tucker. 18 Aug 2009

English House

New House Design

English Housing

Bennetts Associates

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DTI Low Carbon Buildings Programme:

Greener Homes & Buildings:

Guidance on procuring higher recycled content in construction:

Forest Stewardship Council – FSC:


Healthy Building Network:

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