The zero carbon home of the future

“First zero carbon house by a major housebuilder to substantially surpass the Future Homes Standard.”

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The District Council is keen to promote ‘carbon-neutral’ homes in East Devon:

Draft Local Plan proposed zero-carbon housing – Vision Group for Sidmouth

The government brought in new building regs last autumn, seeming to aspire to the same thing – but the building industry was not that impressed:

Plans for carbon-neutral homes in England are a step back, say experts | Greenhouse gas emissions | The Guardian

There are initiatives lobbying for further changes:

Net zero and Future Homes – Good Homes Alliance

But the industry leader might well be ahead of the game:

Barratt Developments launches the Z House: a flagship zero carbon concept home

  • Barratt Developments launches new flagship zero carbon home concept which will be occupied and monitored to assess its performance
  • First zero carbon house by a major housebuilder to substantially surpass the Future Homes Standard
  • Z House will be built with over 40 industry partners showcasing the future of sustainable living

Barratt Developments, the UK’s largest housebuilder, is building a unique flagship zero carbon home concept called the Z House that will be occupied and monitored to assess its performance. It will be the first new home in the country built by a major housebuilder to go beyond the new Future Homes Standard. Last year Barratt announced that all of its new homes will be zero carbon from 2030 and this flagship concept house is the first step in achieving that.

Barratt Developments launches the Z House: a flagship zero carbon concept home – Barratt Developments Plc

The firm is working with its partners:

The home, part-funded by the government, features overhead infrared panels that give off instant zero-carbon heat, a fridge that controls the humidity to reduce food wastage by 60 per cent and electronic taps that are claimed to be able to cut water usage by 80 per cent.

AIMCH partner builds zero-carbon home of the future | specificationonline.co.uk

Eurocell’s sustainability commitment helps to create the zero carbon home of the future

Today’s Independent still thinks we could go much further:

Radical overhaul of construction industry needed to reach net zero

A new study shows that if we’re to reach net zero we need to do a lot more in construction, here are a few places we could start, writes Ljubomir Jankovic:

As I entered the construction site in England a decade ago, I was filled with excitement. This was a new state of the art housing development. I was there to provide independent evidence as to whether the development stood up to its claims of superior energy performance – the construction company promised that the finished buildings would consume far less energy than the norm. As I put my high visibility jacket and helmet on, I noticed a TV crew unloading their equipment. This was clearly a high profile site…

Radical overhaul of construction industry needed to reach net zero | The Independent (registration needed)

   
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