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New legislation for environmentally friendly homes is well-meaning but misguided

Does anyone remember the Code for Sustainable Homes? It’s now been subsumed into Building Regulations, but one bit of it sticks in my mind. It stated that by 2016, all new properties built would be at code level 6, meaning zero carbon. Quite a laudable aspiration, loaded with green virtue signalling and a nice neat soundbite that tripped off the tongues of politicians, but what did it actually mean? That all new dwellings would be powered by renewables and unable to use mains electricity? That no mains gas could be used? How about the JCB digging out all of the foundations or the vehicles that brought the materials on site – would the carbon generated by their nasty dirty diesel engines count? I said I would eat my old RAF service dress hat if this ever came to pass. Sure enough, when people realised the absurdity of this, the whole thing was quietly dropped and my hat survived.

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The latest issue of Build It, Britian's first magazine for self builders and renovators, is packed full of practical advice, inspiring readers' homes and expert guidance on everything from planning and design through to budgets and specificying materials. In the June 2019 edition: - Build It's Self Build Education House: We're building next door to Grand Designs The Street! - Complete guide to planning success - Cost-saving secrets for home renovations - Extension cost guide - Roofs: Repair or replace - Building an oak home ... and much more!