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    Encon Fareham Exhibiting at Nearer to Zero Conference at Solent University Conference Centre on October 4th

    24th September 2012

    Southampton will host a Nearer to Zero event, on the 4th October 2012, and Encon Fareham will be exhibiting there. This is a one day conference for planners and house builders who wish to hear the latest developments to Governments Policies in relation to the journey to Zero Carbon Homes.

    The south of Hampshire will host Nearer to Zero in October with support from PUSH (the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire). PUSH is a partnership of the unitary authorities of Portsmouth and Southampton; Hampshire County Council and district authorities of Eastleigh, East Hampshire, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Test Valley and Winchester. Its priorities are to build more cohesive communities, including new homes and infrastructure in sustainable communities.

    The South East Plan sought an additional 80,000 new homes in the PUSH sub region up to 2026. The zero carbon timetable will require many of these to be built to far more demanding standards than ever before. Closer collaboration between the house building industry and local authorities will be essential if this target is to be achieved.

    The Nearer to Zero event is a collaboration between the Zero Carbon Hub and the Home Builders Federation with the support of DCLG to build consensus between the planning profession and the house building industry on the challenges of delivering zero carbon new housing. Nearer to Zero focuses on the technical, financial and regulatory issues of zero carbon housing and poses the question: how can planners and house builders work more closely together to rise to the challenge of zero carbon new homes?

    Key speakers from senior positions in government, the house building industry and local authority planning will be addressing the following questions:

    • What is the definition of a zero carbon home and how is this is to be achieved?

    • What is the current understanding of costs and viability on deliverability of zero carbon homes?

    • How will planning reform impact on local development policy?

    • What are the roles of local authorities in assisting delivery within the new localism landscape?

    With 2016 just a little over four years away, the focus will be firmly on the steps that need to be taken now to ensure delivery of more sustainable housing in the UK. To find out more and book your place at the conference click here or contact Dominic Halter via [email protected]