Cost of building zero carbon homes halves

According to a new report by the Zero Carbon Hub, the cost of constructing a building that meets the UK’s Zero Carbon Standard has fallen substantially since 2011 and is likely to carry on falling between now and 2020.

A press release from the non-profit organisation states that, for a typical semi-detached home, the current additional cost of building to the standard can be lower than £5,000. If the expected decrease in costs occurs then, by 2020, the additional cost could fall below £3,500.

Already, since the Zero Carbon Hub carried out its first analysis in 2011, the cost of building a zero carbon home has halved. This is probably due to a combination of factors, complicated by the fact that the definition of zero carbon has itself changed during that time. Methods of achieving air tightness have certainly become much more efficient over time and solar PV has reduced in price. A representative for the Hub, managing director Rob Pannell, said that the report demonstrates that zero carbon is becoming more affordable.

Next, the Hub plans to raise awareness regarding the energy savings that new build homes offer in comparison with older properties. By 2016, it is estimated that the energy costs associated with living in a new home could be around 75% lower than those of a similarly sized Victorian house.

For those in Merseyside embarking on a building project that aims to meet the Zero Carbon Standard, an experienced architect in Wirral could provide the necessary guidance.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
February 20, 2014

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