Zero-carbon housing strategy

Published:  23 July, 2009

DUBLIN: British and Irish government decisions to stimulate green housing vindicate merchant confidence in low-carbon products.

Last week the UK Government confirmed that all new homes must be zero carbon from 2016, with the majority of energy savings coming from improvements made to the fabric of the home and through on-site or locally produced energy sources.

Paul King, UK-Green Building Council's chief executive said: "Government's renewed commitment to zero carbon homes provides all-important consistency of direction, while responding to genuine industry concerns. Government has rightly said that of all the challenges facing the house building industry, carbon reduction is not something that can be compromised."

Ireland's minister for the environment, John Gormley yesterday announced a 20m euro support fund for zero-carbon local authority housing.

The costings for the seven projects were "very competitive" and show that the "leap to carbon neutral housing" can be made without affecting the overall cost, Mr Gormley said.

The two- and three-bedroom houses are expected to cost residents less than 300 euros a year to run, according to Sustainable Energy Ireland.

The A2 building energy rating of the houses should result in low heating and electricity prices.

The seven projects are in Tramore, Co Waterford, Clondalkin in South Dublin, Tralee, Co Kerry, Newbridge, Co Kildare, Roscommon Town, Tahmahon, Co Wexford, and Portlaoise.

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