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Housing: Carbon Emissions

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the merits of proposals for a fabric energy efficiency standard for zero carbon homes. (306328)

I announced in a written ministerial statement on 16 July 2009, Official Report, columns 42-49WS, the formation of a specialist task group to advise on the minimum energy efficiency standard for zero carbon homes. Following the work of that task group, the report of which I have placed in the Library of the House, I announced in a further written ministerial statement on 24 November 2009, Official Report, columns 42-44WS, that:

I am satisfied the task group’s recommendations strike the right balance between a high level of ambition and a standard that can be realised in practice by 2016;

I intend to use this standard within the definition of zero carbon homes; and

I will be using our forthcoming consultation on updating the Code for Sustainable Homes to confirm that there are no unintended consequences from this standard and to seek views on the energy efficiency standard to be adopted in 2013.