last week, in his annual budget speech, UK Chancellor and soon to be Prime Minister Gordon Brown, announced to the nation that from October 1st 2007 all new zero-carbon homes costing up to £500,000 will pay no stamp duty and zero-carbon homes costing in excess of £500,000 would receive a £15,000 stamp duty tax reduction.
Unsurprisingly, Browns announcement was greeted with heavy skepticism and nobody I spoke with seemed to had ever seen or even heard of a zero-carbon house; but alas, we can reveal that - yes - there is indeed such a thing as a zero carbon house!
Spotted this weekend at the Birmingham Property Show, the "Eco Pod" boasts that it can "reduce energy requirements and costs by up to 90%, producing virtually no CO2 emissions"
But wait ... there's more ...
According to the website, the Eco Pod does not need planning permission "in the majority of cases" , yup, you heard right; all you need is "a flat firm (hard standing or concrete) level surface ... and we will do the rest."
And at prices starting at a meager £45,000 (waay under stamp duty), the EcoPod may be the answer to a lot of problems, or may indeed be the creation of a whole new set of problems, depending on who you speak to ... who knows, maybe the guy who invented it will build a £500,000 model, so we can at least get some satisfaction we're beating the government, whoopee, cant wait for that to happen !