There are a number of papers and proposals out for consultation at the moment, one just closed and another still to come. So as a guide (and really looking for correction here if anyone can add to):
Code for Sustainable Buildings Consultation closed – expected feedback from UKGBC at Eco-Build
Zero Carbon Definition for Housing and Non Domestic – consultation closes 18 March (see my post defining zero carbon – more clarifications (for homes at least)) Doesnt include non domestic definition.
Heat and Energy Saving Strategy – sets out emissions from existing buildings to be approaching zero by 2050 – consultation opened yesterday
Zero Carbon Definition for Non Domestic Buildings – expected later this year but anticipated to follow the principles in the Defintion for Homes.
*Update: today National Energy Action (NEA) released their own strategy document entitled “National Energy Efficiency Strategy”. To view this document please Click Here. According to the paper, this Strategy should establish a Code for Sustainable Existing Homes
Confused? It is not clear how these will ‘mash’ together, and indeed that is part of consultation, for example how will the Zero Carbon Definition (for Homes) relate to the Code for Sustainable Homes (in particular CSH6) – will it endorse or replace the CSH definition?
Whatever, this is an important aspect of the future of design, build and fm in the UK. The government are to be congratulated on being open on consultation – it is down to us to respond, make our points known …. for forever hold our peace and as Casey put it bitch in the pub.
For more informed views on LZC (low zero carbon) see Carbon limted blog posts