|Climate, Environment, Buildings & Energy|
Low Carbon Housing Learning Zone
In the UK, as in most industrialised countries, the domestic sector contributes substantially to national energy use and CO2 emissions. Currently, just under 30% of the UK’s total CO2 emissions are attributable to the energy that is used to heat, light and power dwellings. This is a substantial figure given that the UK housing stock is categorised by long physical lifetimes and slow stock turnover. Consequently, any decisions that are made regarding the energy and carbon performance of dwellings built now are likely to remain for future generations. Therefore, if we are to mitigate the effects of climate change and achieve large reductions in national CO2 emissions, then it is highly likely that significant reductions in the carbon emissions from dwellings will be required. So, how do you design, construct and manage dwellings that are capable of achieving very low carbon emissions?
Over the last decade, the Buildings, Energy and Sustainability Group at our University has gained a nationally recognized reputation for undertaking applied and theoretical research and consultancy work in the field of energy efficient housing, and the findings of recent work undertaken by the Group has highlighted that designers, constructors and developers are failing to construct new housing that meets the notional designed energy performance and carbon emission targets. Over the same time period, members of the AECB, the sustainable building association have been involved in designing, constructing and managing low energy and low carbon dwellings. Together, both organisations have a wealth of knowledge and expertise on a range of design and constructional issues that are known to influence the energy and carbon emissions attributable to dwellings.