Clare to lead the UK Green Building Council housing group to recommend including off-site renewable in Code

Barratt chief executive Mark Clare is to head an industry task group which will lobby for a change in the definition of zero carbon homes.

Clare will chair a committee of 12 industry experts for the UK Green Building Council which will be recommending a way to include off-site renewabes within the definition.

Clare said: “Barratt’s is fully committed to the delivery of sustainable, affordable, high quality homes. But as we prepare to deliver the highest levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes, we need to be clear about what kinds of renewable energy solutions are available to us – on-site, near-site and off-site.

“The purpose of the Zero Carbon Task Group is to examine the options for meeting the energy needs of very efficient homes in the most effective way to achieve the target of zero carbon development by 2016, while optimizing the use of the UK’s renewable energy resources locally and nationally. The industry needs clarity sooner rather than later.”

Paul King, Chief Executive of UK-GBC said: “I’m delighted Mark has agreed to Chair this group. He brings a wealth of experience, not only of the housing market, but also of the energy supply sector – which is so crucial to meeting our zero carbon targets.”

The group will gather expert evidence and report back by Spring 2008 on the best way to accredit off-site renewables. The zero carbon task group is part of the UK-GBC’s contribution to Government’s 2016 Taskforce, co-chaired by Housing Minister Yvette Cooper and the HBF.

The full group is:

  • Mark Clare, Barratt Developments (Chair)
  • Karl Whiteman, Berkeley Homes
  • Julia Plaskett, Crest Nicholson
  • Julian Brooks, Brooks Devlin
  • Dan Labbad, Lend Lease
  • Chris Twinn, Arup
  • Neil Cutland, Inbuilt
  • Alan Yates, BRE
  • Philip Wolfe, REA
  • Charles Bradshaw-Smith, E.ON
  • Simon McWhirter, WWF-UK
  • Steve Carr, English Partnerships