London Plan – zero carbon requirements
As of October 2016 it will cost housing developers around £60 per tonne of carbon produced by each new home – payable to the local authority for 30 years. Building new homes in London therefore needs to get smarter. If you’re not hot on thinking in tonnes of carbon, 300 homes built to current standards would cost nearly £500,000 over a period of 30 years to meet the new regulations.
At AFL we think building smarter has many advantages for home owners, developers and the environment – but avoiding a £500,000 bill is a pretty convincing one, even for anyone who wasn’t convinced before. The London Plan Policy 5.2 (Minimising carbon dioxide emissions) will effect all major residential developments (typically 9+ homes) pushing past the existing 35 per cent reduction to zero carbon. This can be done on site by including building fabric improvements and renewable energy sources with any remaining emissions being paid off to the local authority as carbon offsets.
However we don’t just build new. Every year new housing is only about 1% of the UK total, so changes need to come from other directions too. Through our AFL Healthy Homes initiative we offer technical advice and design services to our clients for their existing properties, reducing carbon beyond regulated minimums for refurbishments and extensions.