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Falling zero carbon cost publicised

The Zero Carbon Hub has announced plans to launch an updated analysis of its Zero Carbon Standard today, compiled by the Sweett Group.

A major focus will be the reductions in the cost of solar PV, which has been declining over the last two years.

The organisation states that this has reduced the cost of building a zero carbon semi-detached home by 57per cent, when compared to its 2011 estimates.

This has implications for the government’s Zero Carbon Homes standards, due to be introduced in 2016, says Zero Carbon Hub.

There are concerns that the measures of efficiency stipulated in the updated Building Regulations, which will be launched in April, do not go far enough and raises questions about the standard’s viability and concerns on future implications for the solar sector.

Failure to improve energy efficiency will also leave home owners exposed to higher energy bills, it states.

The Zero Carbon Hub’s Tassos Kougionis will be a panel member at the H&V News Building Regulations question time event on 27 March at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in London.

Further updates will be announced on the Zero Carbon Hub’s website: zerocarbonhub.org