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Stepping up on savings

Finnegan, S and Dowd, T (2014) Stepping up on savings. RICS Construction Journal.

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Abstract

The UK government remains committed to the Climate Change Act 2008, which mandates an 80% reduction in CO2 from 1990 levels by 2050. As part of the strategy of achieving this reduction, all new homes from 2016 will be required to be zero carbon. The 2008 definition required all CO2 emissions to be reduced to zero through on-site means, covering both regulated emissions from heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting and unregulated emissions from household appliances. Embodied carbon from the construction of the building was excluded. In 2009 the concept of Allowable Solutions was introduced, which permits developers to pay for carbon saving achieved elsewhere. For example a developer may offset CO2 emissions against an approved ‘on, near or offsite’ scheme, such as a local energy storage solution or an investment into low carbon electricity generation. In 2011, a further major change removed unregulated emissions from the definition.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Built Environment
Publisher: Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2015 10:53
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 16:22
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1044

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