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Housing: Carbon Emissions

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants are available for the construction of low carbon buildings; and if she will make a statement. (245426)

The Government are providing a number of financial incentives and support for the building of low carbon buildings.

The Government have introduced a time limited stamp duty land tax relief for new homes which meet Code Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The Low Carbon Building Programme is the Government's £86 million grant programme to encourage and support the development of microgeneration technologies in new buildings, further information is available at

www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk/home/.

The new Homes and Communities Agency is responsible for a programme of investment with local areas and sub-regions which includes support for the development of low carbon buildings. It is a currently a condition of receiving HCA grant that new homes are built to higher energy performance standards than are in Part L of the current Building Regulations.

The Government have agreed also to provide pump priming funding for the zero carbon hub, which has been set up by industry to manage delivery of the programme for zero carbon homes from 2016.