Zero-carbon homes

DEFINITION: The UK Government policy required all new homes from 2016 to mitigate, through various measures, all the carbon emissions produced on-site as a result of the regulated energy use. The zero-carbon homes policy was scrapped by the Conservative Government in July 2015. 

See also: Carbon negative

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The apartments at 119 Ebury Street apartments offer a number of benefits to residents including lower energy bills, improved indoor air quality and better sound-proofing

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The REEB update revealed that the 25% improvement in energy efficiency was matched by a 24% reduction in like-for-like energy consumption

UK property owners save £16m in energy costs over five-year period

A collaboration of 28 UK property owners, including Land Securities, Canary Wharf Group and the Crown Estate, has improved the energy efficiency of its built environment portfolio by 25% since 2011, amassing £16m in savings as a result.

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The 38-page sustainability report outlines Heathrow's aim to ensure the Airport's expansion is seen as

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