Policy d4 2011


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Carbon Neutral Development - Martin Davies, Milton Keynes Council. Big Green Deal event, 16th September 2011, Aylesbury

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  • 25% better than part ‘L’ Evidence than the applicant has looked at & included water conservation measures Waste reduction at both construction & post occupancy stage Carbon Neutrality is the aspiration (will be national policy by 2016!)
  • BREEAM – Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodl Code is the new sustainable indicator for house construction (level 1-6). Nationally Housing Assocs currently have to achieve level 3, no limit on developers.
  • 5% figure is from independent consultant’s study, jointly funded by MKC & EP Some measures cheaper than others – super insulation & passive design are the cheapest methods – renewables can be cost effective if designed in
  • The theory is that the level of the carbon offset payment matches a realistic target cost to save the equivalent of that tonne of CO2 The economic benefit of the payment will remain within the MK area Householders will be the first to benefit, but the scheme will be flexible and may include help for private landlords and social housing providers in the area.
  • Trigger for the payment into the fund will be on first occupation of the development
  • Policy d4 2011

    1. 1. Milton Keynes Council Carbon Neutral Development
    2. 2. Local Plan Policy D4 <ul><li>energy efficient design </li></ul><ul><li>10% renewables </li></ul><ul><li>water conservation </li></ul><ul><li>low impact building materials </li></ul><ul><li>waste reduction </li></ul><ul><li>carbon neutrality </li></ul>
    3. 3. BREEAM & Code level4 <ul><li>These assessment methods can be used as automatic compliance with D4 if: </li></ul><ul><li>BREEAM Excellent </li></ul><ul><li>Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 </li></ul><ul><li>(Carbon offset payment still required) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Costs <ul><li>Extra cost of D4 compared with Building Regs approx 5% </li></ul><ul><li>Varies by house type and renewables technology used </li></ul>
    5. 5. Milton Keynes Carbon Offset Fund <ul><li>First council in the UK to set up a local carbon offset fund </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to make all major development in MK carbon neutral </li></ul><ul><li>Managed by USEA </li></ul>
    6. 6. Use of the fund <ul><li>Payment of £200 per tonne CO 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Cuts CO 2 emissions & improves energy efficiency of existing MK homes </li></ul><ul><li>First measures are loft and cavity wall insulation </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits local economy by household savings and creating jobs in installing insulation </li></ul>
    7. 7. Planning Progress to 2011 <ul><li>95% of permissions D4 compliant </li></ul><ul><li>76% have renewable energy </li></ul><ul><li>Over £1.2m in carbon offset funds spent </li></ul><ul><li>Over 5,000 homes insulated </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon saving: 3,800 t pa </li></ul><ul><li>Top LA in SE England for home insulation </li></ul>
    8. 8. The future <ul><li>New policy with higher standards </li></ul><ul><li>44% less CO2 than building regulations </li></ul><ul><li>20% on site renewable energy </li></ul><ul><li>Higher carbon offset payment per tonne </li></ul><ul><li>Need wider range of measures </li></ul><ul><li>Attract corporate investment </li></ul>