The 2030 climate change emergency makes it imperative to ensure that new homes and communities are a showcase for our low carbon future and provide a better life for all.
The Green Building Council  illustrates a range of successful best practice including the Norfolk council housing built to passive house standard at no extra cost .
New housing estates should be designed to accommodate a balance of social needs for families, singles, disabled and affordable with minimised car dependence and maximum green space, walls, trees and hedges.
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Smart energy systems should be integrated as standard. District energy should be provided for the whole estate. This could be a community combined heat and power system, initially gas supplied, but anticipating green hydrogen to be phased in to replace carbon.
Power should be procured by a single contracted supplier that would ensure maximising on site generation of renewable power, i.e. solar tiles on all roofs as well as off- site production for 100% renewable supply. There should be plug-in points for electrical and fuel cell vehicles. Every street lamppost should include a micro wind turbine and solar panel supplying the LED street lighting. Maximum energy efficiency should be applied to the buildings including under floor heating, argon gas filled double glazed, self-cleaning windows and external doors where appropriate.
- Building on flood plains is to be avoided as the consequence is costly for all particularly given the extreme weather.
- Water harvesting with water butts and ponds; green spaces with trees and hedge rows to soak up and allow nature in and permeable surfaces and water pipes and infra-structure adequate to cope with increased rainfall should be installed.
- Water efficient taps and showers should be standard with small bather for babies.
UK Green Buildings Council Net zero carbon buildings framework 
When the amount of carbon emissions associated with a building product and construction stages up to practical completion is zero or negative, using off-sets or the net export of on-site renewable energy (net zero carbon construction).
When the amount of carbon emissions associated with the building’s operational energy on an annual basis is zero or negative. A net carbon building is highly energy efficient and powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy services, with any remaining carbon balance offset (net zero carbon-operational energy).
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 Green Building Council Net zero carbon: one-pager for new buildings https://www.ukgbc.org/ukgbc-work/net-zero-carbon-one-pager-for-new-buildings/