Government’s zero carbon exemption will stunt delivery of new homes

The Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the news expected in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech that small housing developers will be exempt from zero carbon regulations in an attempt to encourage the building of new homes.

RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:

“While we welcome the Government’s commitment to provide clarity to the UK Construction industry on how we should achieve a zero carbon standard for new build homes through viable solutions, we are concerned by the proposition that ‘small sites’ might be exempt from the zero carbon homes requirement.

“The step will stunt the zero carbon home delivery plan by opening a loophole in legislation for developers to avoid zero carbon regulations, for example though phasing development into smaller sites, or manipulating definitions of the scale of their development.”