A report on the government’s zero carbon housing consultation has highlighted industry concerns about the cost of delivering the homes

The government wants all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016. According to the Zero Carbon Hub, the public-private partnership attempting to deliver this, 45% of developers with experience of low-carbon homes felt the cost in 2016 would be greater than predicted by the government.

The ZCH held a series of workshops offering industry representatives the chance to have their say on the definition of zero carbon. Its report says most were in favour of legislation for higher energy efficiency in homes. Most delegates also felt strongly that the definition and framework for zero carbon homes should also be applied to non-domestic buildings.

The report, Defining zero carbon homes – have your say, has been sent to the Department for Communities and Local Government.