To tackle carbon emissions from residential homes, the full impact of carbon must be measured and drastically reduced. There are four elements to consider: Embodied Carbon, Operational Carbon, Drinking Water Usage and Sustainability.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings are increasingly being relied on in the Green Development Finance space as a sustainability measurement, but this does not address any of the GHG emissions produced through embodied carbon or unregulated energy. Another challenge lies in ensuring lower carbon new builds are financially attractive as well as deliverable. Extensive collaboration is required to solve these complex challenges.
Fountain Drive, Dulwich Wood, South London by Craftworks and The Edition Group, is a development of six energy-efficient homes boasting ‘green roofs’ planted with meadow flowers. The scheme, which is surrounded by the trees of Dulwich Wood in South London, meets the stringent carbon and sustainability standards of RIBA’s 2030 Climate Challenge. Its ground-breaking design qualifies it for a rebate of over £200,000 under Atelier’s Carbonlite Challenge. For these ‘green’ and sustainable property developers, the more sustainable their project, the cheaper their finance.
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