It’s been difficult to miss the climate change debates in the news recently. Extinction Rebellion protested in central London for two weeks to persuade governments to act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency, 16 year old Greta Thunberg made headlines with her school walkouts, and Bristol became the first University to declare a climate emergency.
The calls to arms that may have seemed radical last month are now climbing fast up the political agenda. We’ve been impressed to see how Extinction Rebellion has conducted its protests and got their message across peacefully, and we hope to see their agenda progress in parliament.
Currently, the UK’s target is to become zero carbon by 2050 – but as a sustainable housing developer, we’re already hitting those targets. Ssassy Property houses, built by our sustainable construction partner, Greencore, can achieve a zero-carbon footprint and zero-energy in use, meaning we are already delivering beyond the 2050 standards.
During construction, the average house is responsible for 50 tonnes of CO2, and a further 5 tonnes per year from its operational emissions. The UK government has set a target to build 300,000 new homes per year, which, if achieved in 2019, would amount to 15 million tonnes of CO2 emissions from construction, and a further 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 emitted each year. If we wait until 2050 to hit carbon zero, that’s a total of 60 million tonnes of CO2, just from the houses built in 2019!
The housing industry is ripe for radical change, not just in terms of the need for more new homes to combat the UK housing crisis, but also to become more sustainable in the building process, and in encouraging the communities to be environmentally conscious once they are living in the sustainable developments.
If you’re interested in talking with us about zero carbon, and how the UK housing industry can work to meet the government’s 2050 targets today, get in touch.