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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Eco-towns

Lowcarboneconomy reports that four sites have been approved by the UK government for the construction of low-carbon eco-towns. They will serve as a platform from which to pioneer and launch the energy-efficient design and infrastructure necessary for lower carbon emissions.

From 2016 all new residential buildings are to be built to zero-carbon specifications as part of plans to reduce the quarter of all UK emissions that come from housing. More than a quarter of CO2 emissions come from houses.

The eco-developments will be fully equipped with smart meters to measure electricity consumption, community heat sources and electric car charging points. Homes will also feature renewable energy technologies to draw power from the sun, wind and earth. All schools, shops, restaurants and public buildings in the eco-towns will also be designed to emit zero carbon. The government aims to have ten eco-towns under development by 2020.

They will be expected to deliver outcomes against the following criteria

* zero carbon and environmental standards
* sustainable transport
* design quality
* community involvement
* employment
* health
* use of land.

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