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Carbon Emissions: Housing

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding is in place to encourage the construction of zero-carbon homes. (249774)

[holding answer 20 January 2009]: The following initiatives currently provide financial support to encourage the construction of zero carbon homes:

Stamp Duty Land Tax Exemption—Stamp Duty relief for zero carbon homes was announced in Budget 2007 to act as an incentive to developers of new zero carbon homes. The exemption covers the first acquisition of a zero carbon home costing up to £500,000. For homes costing in excess of £500,000 there will be a reduction of £15,000. The exemption is in place for all new homes for a period of five years ending on 30 September 2012.

Zero Carbon Hub—The Zero Carbon Hub, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, was launched in June 2008 to guide, monitor and coordinate the zero carbon home programme. In 2008-09, the Department for Communities and Local Government provided approximately £250,000 of grant funding to the Hub to help with set up costs.