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Electricians 'could be essential to zero carbon scheme'

Tradespersons with approved electrical or plumbing qualifications could find that their expertise is needed to implement the new zero carbon scheme proposed today (November 25th) by housing minister John Healey.

Speaking at the UK Green Building Council's Making Sustainable Development Happen conference, which took place yesterday (November 24th), he outlined plans to make all homes zero carbon by 2016.

This includes new energy efficiency standards for houses built after this, which would be 46 kilowatt hours per square metre per year (kWh/m2/year) for semi-detached and detached properties and 39 kWh/m2/year for all others.

He said: "We're determined to see a cut in Britain's carbon emissions but to do that we have to design and build to new green standards in the future."

Workers on electrician or plumbing training courses might be essential to help make these energy-saving changes to properties.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson recently revealed that trials had begun on a scheme that could see eco-friendly upgrades made to thousands of homes in the capital free of charge.

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