Definition of zero carbon homes: impact assessment

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The housing stock represents 27 per cent of UK emissions and new additions have a long lifespan so it is important to take the opportunity to reduce their environmental and carbon dioxide impact when they are first built. The market will not deliver carbon savings from new buildings alone in the timescale needed, so the Government proposes regulating a zero carbon homes standard to achieve this. This updated impact assessment supports announcement of further details of the definition of zero carbon homes, i.e. to what extent measures will need to be undertaken onsite and the allowable solutions for dealing with remaining emissions.