Everyone is banging on about how they want zero carbon this or carbon neutral that. Can it actually happen though? After all, as fans of Star Trek (like me) are aware, we are of course a carbon-based life form.
The Housing Secretary is the latest in a long line of people in that role (and let's face it, who knows what could happen should a reshuffle take place) to state lofty goals for the UK housing market. However, until we have enough property for everyone, should those looking to purchase have to contend with higher prices? I am not saying I have the answer but it is an economic consideration.
During the December election, many politicians from all sides sides suggested that gas central heating should be somewhat outlawed to help with each property's carbon footprint. The cost of replacing every gas boiler is in fact astronomical and, even if it started today, it would take decades to do.
I am not a climate change denier, I am merely a realist and I just wish others were too.
Zero carbon homes should be built as standard in England within the next five years "as we learn again how our built and natural environments can work in harmony", Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said, as he welcomed the findings of a government-appointed commission on the future of housing. The minister's comments came in response to the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission's final report published late last week, which made a series of recommendations for realising the government's ambition to build one million new homes by the end of the current Parliament.