£1.4m low-carbon housing research
As part of the sector deal in the government’s Industrial Strategy a £1.4m research project, called “Building for 2050”, is being led by AECOM. It is gathering evidence from three housing developments in Swansea, Bristol and Manchester with the aim of uncovering the barriers to developing low-cost, low-carbon housing.
(AECOM - formerly known as AECOM Technology Corporation - is an American multinational engineering firm that provides design, consulting, construction, and management services to a wide range of clients. AECOM has approximately 87,500 employees, and is number 156 on the 2016 Fortune Index).
Houses Fit for the Future
The project is testing innovative methods of construction and working closely with households to track their views and report on progress aimed at reducing the environmental impact of UK homes by 2050. It is examining the drivers, attitudes, barriers and challenges relating to low-cost, low-carbon housing and considering pull and push factors from some developers in delivering housing fit for the future.
Clean Growth Strategy
Increasing the numbers of such homes being built will contribute to the ambitious targets within the Clean Growth Strategy and reduce energy use and bills for residents, while delivering attractive and comfortable homes.
The projects aim is to capture the experiences of those directly involved with selected low-carbon housing developments, reviewing the designs and observing construction activities; assessing the performance of sample dwellings; and determining the performance of selected dwellings in use.
The team is also working to identify the views of funders, developers, and design teams – those actively involved in low-carbon housing and those currently not.
Timber – Facts & Figures
o Timber is virtually carbon neutral
o 83% of the wood used in the UK is sustainable - forests are not being lost or exploited
o In Europe, we grow more trees than we fell
o 1 tree removes around 1 tonne of CO2 in its lifetime
o The world's forests store over 638bn tonnes of carbon
o A mature forest can store up to 1000 tonnes of CO2 in every hectare
o 1 hectare of mature woodland absorbs the carbon emissions of 100 cars every year
o UK forests store the carbon equivalent of the emissions of 3 million cars
o Scotland's forests currently capture around 15% of Scotland's CO2 emissions
o When a tree is felled it continues to store carbon
Timber – the ‘right’ choice
Timber is the only renewable building material on the planet. It is also highly flexible as a construction material, well able to adapt to changing environmental and design demands. We choose it as the basis for our Low Energy buildings. Our expanding Specialist Merchants division is also leading the way by providing unusual and hard to find environmentally sound, eco-friendly, sustainable and complimentary building products and components.
Your Partner in Development
Whether or not you are environmentally concerned, working with our teams to provide better value, more readily marketable homes, benefiting Architects and Builders alike. Our specialist services deliver best value and protect the interests of land owners, house-builder developers, professionals and private individuals seeking to build their dream home. Our off-site construction systems also reduce the amount of material that gets wasted on site, helping to avoid land fill, hazardous waste separation and handling, and delivers better value for you and your customers.
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