We’ve welcomed a new plan from the government to help reduce carbon in a way that doesn’t also cut the supply of new homes for families.
Under previous proposals all new homes would have had to adhere to a strict code to make them zero-carbon – but the side-effect would be to make them so expensive to build that it could result in fewer properties being delivered.
We’ve asked the government to follow a different path and this year’s Queen’s Speech included an Infrastructure Bill with a new way to cut carbon that won’t harm housing supplies.
It involves allowing housebuilders to achieve some of the carbon savings off-site, which would be paid for at an agreed price per carbon tonne. This money would be invested into more green solutions such as retro-fitting older houses.
Andrew Richards, group managing director for Linden Homes, said: “This is undoubtedly a step in the right direction from the government.
“There seems to now be a recognition that the desire to develop zero carbon homes could have a real impact on housing delivery, at a time when we need to be building more homes, not less.”
Wherever possible the appliances fitted in our homes are ‘A Rated’ or higher for energy performance.
Linden Homes has won awards for Best Sustainable Developer four years in a row.