Grant Shapps, the Housing Minister, has set out the Government’s definition of a zero carbon home. Following the previous Labour Government’s announcement over four years ago that it wanted all new homes in England to be zero carbon by 2016, there has been no proper definition of what constitutes a zero carbon home. The Department for Communities and Local Government (the DCLG) has now decided that only carbon emissions within the scope of the Building Regulations will be covered, such as those from heating, ventilation, hot water, fixed lighting and building services. Emissions from household appliances will not be included. It has also been decided that the Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard will be used to ensure homes are energy efficient. Also, the Zero Carbon Hub’s recommendations on the maximum levels of on-site carbon dioxide will be used as a starting point for a consultation on revisions to the Building Regulations. A regime for allowable solutions to make up the balance of cuts not achievable on-site will also be developed. The DCLG will now conduct further consultations to determine levels for carbon compliance reduction levels, to ensure allowable solutions are delivered efficiently and to decide which specific off-site measures can be used as allowable solutions.