2023 Action Scorecards

Action Scorecards 2023

Question: Does the council set a requirement that all new homes to be built must be operationally (regulated) net zero?

Question code
Planning & Land Use
New Homes - Net zero requirements
Volunteer Research
Question weight


Two tier criteria
Points awarded if the council requires new homes to be operationally net zero with the policy implemented from 2030 to 2040.

More points awarded if the council requires new homes to be operationally net zero with the policy already implemented since 2019 or with implementation by 2030.

Any date to implement the policy after 2040 would not be awarded points.

This would be equivalent for Scottish authorities to mandate the 'Platinum' building standard for carbon emissions for all new buildings.


For operationally net-zero policies, we will accept those that define this as only concerning regulated emissions. Definitions for operationally net-zero and regulated emissions are below.

Operationally net-zero: when the amount of carbon emissions associated with the building’s operational energy on an annual basis is zero or negative. A net zero carbon building is highly energy efficient and powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources, with any remaining carbon balance offset.” Definition from:

Regulated emissions: Emissions generated through building energy consumption resulting from the specification of controlled, fixed building services and fittings, including space heating and cooling, hot water, ventilation, fans, pumps and lighting. Such energy uses are inherent in the design of a building." For more information: https://www.designingbuildings.co.uk/wiki/Regulated_and_unregulated_energy_consumption

If the council is achieving net-zero homes through cash-in-lieu contributions or offsets this will not count for this question. However, if the Council provides an exception that offsetting is allowed where a net-zero home may not be technically feasible this will still be valid.

There are a number of local plans in the draft stage who are requiring this policy. If these policies are deemed unsound by the Planning Inspectorate we will remove this question.

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Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council0/2
Ards and North Down Borough Council0/2
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council0/2
Belfast City Council0/2
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council0/2
Derry City and Strabane District Council0/2
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council0/2
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council0/2
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council0/2
Mid Ulster District Council0/2
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council0/2