Commenting on today’s announcement of the closure of the Zero Carbon Hub, Richard Twinn, Policy Advisor with the UK Green Building Council, said: “It’s incredibly disappointing to see the closure of the Zero Carbon Hub, although sadly not a shock given the direction of travel in terms of policy. The writing was perhaps on the wall last summer with the cancellation of the Zero Carbon homes policy, but the Hub was still playing an important role understanding issues such as overheating and performance. It could have helped to guide the industry in delivering better quality buildings during its current housebuilding push.
One of the great strengths of the Hub was it demonstrated the power of collaboration in tackling barriers to delivery, and as a result it has been central to the huge strides taken in improving building standards over the last eight years. We will continue to work with the industry to realise their investment in zero carbon innovation, and help ensure that the houses being built now are fit for the future. But continuing to deliver better quality homes is far easier when there is long term certainty and sensible regulation from government.”