More than 200 businesses, including those from the construction industry, have urged the Chancellor to reconsider the Government’s U-turn over the long-established zero carbon building policy.
In his recent productivity plan, George Osborne axed the policy designed to ensure that all new homes built from 2016 meet zero carbon standards and all new non-dwellings from 2019.
In an open letter to the Chancellor, senior leaders from 246 organisations have warned that the policy U-turn has “undermined industry confidence in Government” and will “curtail investment in British innovation and manufacturing”.
The letter highlights that weakening of standards will mean the UK's future buildings will be more costly to run, burdening owners and users with higher energy bills.
Abandoning the zero carbon policy, the letter concludes, will have regressive impacts and be harmful to British industry.
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