Guidelines, requiring any development of three or more houses to be carbon neutral or offset emissions, were approved by the environment committee on Thursday night and could signal a new era of carbon-neutral living in Brighton & Hove.
The new guidelines will require every new building project, apart from the very smallest, to cut 25% of its overall heating and electricity consumption from fossil fuels by using renewable energy such as wind turbines and solar panels.
Medium and large commercial developments will also be required to cut energy consumption by 20%.
Offsetting of emissions could generate millions of pounds in energy efficiency grants to improve the carbon footprint of existing properties.
Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership's recent climate change event, moves to make the city a 'Transition Town' and the North Laine Traders Association's introduction of sustainable bags illustrate the momentum building around reducing CO2 emissions in Brighton & Hove.
The radical policy approved by the environment committee will be put out for wider consultation. It places the city at the forefront of climate change policy and could, in conjunction with other steps being taken, ensure that Brighton & Hove is recognised as the greenest city in the country.
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