Why aren’t new homes required to have solar panels?

The National Energy Foundation has called for every property built in the United Kingdom to have solar panels. The foundation points out that the energy from solar is infinite and there is no good reason why every new home and building should not be required to have solar panels. It will reduce dependence on imported fuel and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

So why has not the government enacted a simple law requiring solar panels on homes? Continue reading

Humpty Dumpty, Zero Carbon Homes and public confusion

The National House-Building Council Foundation, which is an independent research institution, connected to the NHBC, but operating separately and works closely with the Building Research Establishment, to look at the Government’s target of all new homes being “zero carbon” by 2016. 

The definition of a Zero Carbon Home is a bit of a Humpty Dumpty definition. In Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” Alice meets Humpty Dumpty who says to her:- 

When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”  Continue reading