Azara Blog: First so-called zero-emission house unveiled

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Date published: 2007/06/11

The BBC says:

The UK is set to unveil the first zero-emission house that will set the environmental standard for all new homes in future.

The two-bedroom house is insulated so that it loses two-thirds less heat than a standard home.

It also features solar panels, a biomass boiler and water efficiency devices such as rainwater harvesting.

The design meets rules which will apply by 2016, as the UK tries to make its housing stock more energy efficient.

The Kingspan Off-Site's Lighthouse design is the first to achieve level six of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Chancellor Gordon Brown announced in his Budget in March that zero-carbon houses would be exempt from stamp duty.

Biomass boilers run on organic fuels such as wood pellets and count as zero-emission because the amount of carbon dioxide they give off when they are burned is offset by the amount that was absorbed when the crop was grown.

Unfortunately "zero-emission" is a lie. First of all, there are a huge amount of emissions created just to build the house in the first place. Itt also ignores the cost of maintenance (which creates more emissions). And the idea that biomass burners are zero-emission is fanciful, since it completely ignores the emissions created sowing, looking after, harvesting and treating the crop and then delivering the fuel (most likely by petrol-driven vehicle). Of course all the spin these days has to be about "zero-emission", so that is the propaganda we get.

And are these houses going to be any good to live in? No doubt the ruling elite don't care, since they won't be the ones forced to live in these houses.

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