UK Homes Unfit For The Challenges Of Climate Change

The government must act now to improve the quality of UK homes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to safeguard our comfort, health and wellbeing as the climate changes, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says.

At Prospus Homes, we are working towards a solution where every new house we design and build is carbon negative. What we mean by this is that after the house is finished and in occupation, it actually produces a net reduction in the amount of carbon in our atmosphere compared to if it hadn’t been built at all.

This seems like a very tall order and proving it mathematically from inception to occupation is a challenge, but the technology to make most of this happen is already with us.

What we do know is that the construction materials used must lock up carbon in the structure and that the renewable energy systems specified need to become net exporters of energy reducing the demand from fossil-fuelled power stations. More difficult to work out is the impact on the environment by the many third parties involved – a house is built from a large number of different items that come from a wide range of geographical locations and the carbon footprint involved in transportation and the traceability of raw materials used by manufacturers is an important part of the story and often overlooked.

At Prospus Homes we are striving to find and source the best possible materials available and will constantly work to improve our supply chain. The design of Prospus Homes will evolve over time too, they will be tailored to your specific requirements and ambition. Ultra low carbon homes are in the news right now with a housing scheme in Norwich winning this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize.

You can read more about the CCC’s comments here, and if you are interested in owning a carbon negative home, contact us today.