Doors close at UK’s Zero Carbon Hub

A hub which was established to take operational responsibility for achieving the government’s target of delivering zero carbon homes in England from 2016 is to close today. Zero Carbon Hub […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A hub which was established to take operational responsibility for achieving the government’s target of delivering zero carbon homes in England from 2016 is to close today.

Zero Carbon Hub has supported the new homes industry in the delivery of the programme and overseen the introduction of higher energy efficiency standards since 2008.

Industry funding for the hub has been withdrawn following the government’s surprise decision to scrap the zero carbon standard last year.

Paul King, Chair of Zero Carbon Hub Board said: “Zero Carbon Hub has been remarkably successful in bringing together a wide spectrum of stakeholders with an interest in the world-leading zero carbon target across public, private and third sectors. It has been a model of collaboration between industry and government, helping translate policy aspiration into reality.”

The UK Green Building Council said it is “incredibly disappointed” about the closure but not shocked.

Policy Advisor Richard Twinn added: “The writing was perhaps on the wall last summer with the cancellation of the Zero Carbon homes policy but the Hub was still playing an important role understanding issues such as overheating and performance. It could have helped to guide the industry in delivering better quality buildings during its current housebuilding push.

“We will continue to work with the industry to realise their investment in zero carbon innovation and help ensure that the houses being built now are fit for the future. But continuing to deliver better quality homes is far easier when there is long term certainty and sensible regulation from government.”