NHBC report says home buyers see low carbon features as 'deal-breakers'
Potential house buyers are likely to reject zero carbon homes because of concerns over cost, value and low carbon features including the lack of power showers or gas appliances.
A detailed report from the National House Building Council’s research foundation, which spoke to 500 homeowners and 100 housebuilders, finds that homeowners saw many low carbon features as “deal-breakers” which would stop them buying a particular home.
For example 76% of respondents said they would be put off by the “airtightness” required for zero carbon housing.
In addition only 6% said they would pay the £35,000 extra estimated by the government for a zero carbon home, which would generate energy bill savings of just £400.
Full details of the report are contained in this Friday’s Building magazine.