How effective is the code for sustainable homes as a mechanism for delivering zero carbon for domestic buildings in the UK?

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Abstract

The UK has set very ambitious targets for achieving zero carbon in the domestic sector by 2016. As recognised by government and as part of the Climate Change Act 2008, 27% of the UK emissions are attributed to the household sector. Domestic emissions increased in UK increased by 36 % between 1971 and 2001. The government has therefore set a challenge and mechanism, of delivering reductions in the sector. The methods of environmental labelling applied (Code for Sustainable Homes ) has been recently introduced and offer a rating certificate (1-6) that benchmarks the performance, and overall environmental sustainability of a dwelling against a set of defined environmental criteria. Of which mandatory requirements for energy, CO2 and water is the most significant? This paper discusses the challenges that face the construction sector due to the introduction of the code, and looks at technology, policy and regulatory barriers drawing from real case studies. In addition to examining some other alternative benchmark systems used in the UK such as Passive house. In addition the paper will look at and discuss the effectives of the energy modelling tool SAP and part L The next few years leading up to 2016 target of introduction of zero carbon dwellings, will be a good test of the government’s policy of making zero carbon a reality. While the requirements are tough and there are additional costs involved, the code has bee effective in increasing best practice, and has forced a change in Sustainable house building and integration of low carbon and smart technologies at conceptual design stage within the domestic sector.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventBuilding SMART SB10 Finland - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

Conference

ConferenceBuilding SMART SB10 Finland
Period1/01/10 → …

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