What now for sustainability in housing?

With the news of Government’s review on housing standards in England, the Code for Sustainable Homes looks likely to end with the key factors integrated into new Building Regulations standards. 

But what now for ensuring that sustainability in new housing isn’t ‘fobbed off’?  That new developments will be able to meet the ‘zero carbon’ criteria come 2016?  That new developments incorporate renewable energy systems to provide the household with their own cheap and reliable heating, rather than continually relying on fossil fuels?  That new developments will reduce water usage through rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling?  That new developments will not increase the risk of local flooding during heavy rainfall?

It’s a step in the right direction for less paperwork and double standards, but is this going to be a step in the right direction to providing the quality housing that is now required in the 21st century?  Other European countries are years ahead of the UK and seem to have achieved this with a little common sense and some ease.  Will we ever reach their standards in the mainstream market here?

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