And just like that 2019 is over. The new decade is here, and we hope that sustainability will be in the forefront of every conversation, decision and action across politics, commerce and lifestyle choices. As we reflect on the year gone by, it’s clear that 2019 was the year that much of the world finally woke up to the climate crisis; there have been groundbreaking documentaries by David Attenborough, global school strikes led by a 16 year old girl, and a UN summit on a sustainable future.
So what can the average climate conscious individual, do to take on this existential crisis?
Sometimes it’s hard to motivate ourselves to make sustainable choices when the relative impact seems minimal, however together we can make a difference. Given that our homes are our biggest financial commitment, it is hardly surprising that one of the biggest ways of reducing our carbon footprint is to choose a zero carbon home.
The built environment is responsible for around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint. So, by simply buying a home built with near net-zero carbon emissions you will be drastically reducing your carbon footprint whilst reducing your bills and increasing your thermal comfort.
Building beautiful zero carbon homes is what we do here at Ssassy. We have the UK’s most sustainable housing development currently under construction right in the heart of Oxfordshire, Springfield Meadows.
What makes it so sustainable?
- All homes are designed to be net zero energy over the course of a year in use, with solar photovoltaic panels and efficient systems for heating, hot water and lighting.
- An innovative build system, which uses a combination of timber, wood fibre and hemp in the manufacturing process, will balance out the emissions arising from the rest of the construction process to make them net zero carbon in construction. This will save around 1250 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions across the site compared to average new homes – the equivalent of taking 250 cars off the road for a year.
- Sustainable forms of transport incentivised: Free bus vouchers will be provided in the first year, along with cycling incentives and a car-club with electric vehicles will be available to residents.
- Maximising biodiversity: in a unique partnership with the local Wildlife Trust, the scheme will be designed and managed with nature in mind.
- Affordability for local people: 35% of the homes will be Affordable Housing.
If moving to a net-zero carbon neighbourhood sounds up your street, please get in touch with us, we’d love nothing more than to show you around our homes and tell you more about Ssassy, Springfield Meadows and our plans for further developments.