The built environment contributes to 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint, according to the UKGBC.
As a result, building regulations and planning authorities are putting more and more emphasis on low carbon construction.
But understanding what’s required and what you want to achieve is far from straightforward.
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“We can help you understand what it is you want, sometimes defining what it is you are actually after can be tricky,” says Brandon Wipperfurth, senior sustainability and energy consultant at Darren Evans.
“We’ll work with you to create bespoke solutions that achieve your targets in the most efficient way.”
The Climate Change Act 2008 requires the UK to ensure that its net carbon account for the year 2050 is at least 100% lower than the 1990 baseline.
To ensure that the UK construction industry is on track to meet this target, in 2019, the government launched The Future Homes Standard consultation. This proposes changes to Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations for new dwellings.
The first change is set for 2020, although this has yet to be confirmed. The second, more radical changes, are scheduled for 2025.
For the 2020 changes, the government has said it favours the “fabric plus technology” solution, which is intended to deliver a 31% improvement on the current standard.
In practice, this means a minor increase to fabric standards – double rather than triple glazing, for example, alongside the use of low-carbon heating and/or renewables, such as photovoltaic panels.
By 2025 the government expects an average home built to the new standards will have 75- 80% less carbon emissions than one built to current energy efficiency requirements.
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