Government’s zero carbon target ‘unrealistic’

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said that government targets to make all new homes zero carbon by 2016 are not realistic. RICS said the government will struggle to meet its target, as building zero carbon homes is currently too expensive, but a 70 per cent reduction could be achievable through building energy efficient homes with access to on site technologies. A spokesperson for RICS said this was a ‘pragmatic solution’ to reducing our carbon footprint given the current recession.