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Insufficient knowledge for zero-emission homes

A technology gap must be filled in order to meet the government's target of building zero-emission homes within 10 years, according to the Home Builders Federation (HBF).
In a meeting with the minister for housing and planning, Yvette Cooper, builders and environmental groups discussed how to achieve the mass production of zero-emission homes, pledged by Gordon Brown in his 2006 pre-budget report.In his pre-budget speech, Gordon Brown pledged that, 'within 10 years every new home will be a zero carbon home, and we will be the first country ever to make this commitment.'However, achiveving this will be challenging according to the Home Builders Federation (HBF). 'The obvious thing was that a lot of the knowledge for these technologies was not yet sufficient,' said John Slaughter, director of external affairs for HBF after the meeting with Ms Cooper. 'We need a common information base, and not just in micro generation,' he said. 'From the supply side, we need a road map to deliver the key technologies in sufficient numbers and at a reasonable coast for the 10-year timeframe.'Key technologies include micro generation, power storage, sustainable construction techniques and innovative insulation techniques. On top of new technologies, the scheme needs new policy and regulations for energy supply from micro-generation.

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