As reviews have highlighted, there is now an overwhelming body of scientific evidence showing climate change as a serious and urgent issue. In previous years, more than a quarter of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions came from the energy we use to heat, light and run our homes. This is a major cause of climate change, which needs to be addressed.
Improving Future Properties with Renewables
The construction and use of our homes has a strong environmental impact to be considered. Water use, waste generation and use of polluting materials are just a few factors. These problems can be significantly reduced through the integration of higher sustainability performance standards through the design process.
Green Square are able to help offer advice, through our expert renewable energy advisors.
Creating more sustainable homes can also provide improved overall wellbeing and quality of life in the long term.
Sustainable Homes Code of Practice
The Code for Sustainable Homes attempts to drive a step-change in sustainable home building practice. It is a standard for key elements of design and construction, which affects the sustainability of a new home. This will become the national standard for sustainable homes, used by home designers and builders as a guide to development. It also assists home-buyers in their home choices.
The practice will serve the basis for future developments of the Building Regulations in carbon emissions and energy usage. This will offer greater regulatory certainty to developers.
In the era of environmental awareness, it will offer a tool for developers to differentiate themselves. If we build the homes we need, by 2050 as much as one-third of the total housing stock will have been built.
Current building plans offer an important opportunity to build the highest standards of sustainability into the homes of the future. The practice allows us to build future housing stock that meets our needs and protects the environment.