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Eco-Friendly Timetable 'Bonkers', Says Kerslake

Magazine article Public Finance

Eco-Friendly Timetable 'Bonkers', Says Kerslake

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The government's timetable for making new housing more eco-friendly has been dismissed as 'bonkers' by one of its main advisers.

Sir Bob Kerslake, chief executive designate of the Homes and Communities Agency, said it was unfair that housing associations have to build to zero-carbon standards sooner than private developers.

While associations and other developers of affordable housing must meet Level Three of the Code for Sustainable Homes immediately to qualify for government grants, builders of private homes have until 2016 to meet similar standards. Asked whether the situation was fair, Kerslake replied: 'I think it's bonkers. I've said all along that I don't agree with it.'

Social housing within mixed developments stands out because it is more likely to use energy-saving features, such as solar panels. …

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