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ABOUT THE 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?

The material contained within this Learning Zone offers guidance on how to design, construct and manage dwellings that are capable of achieving very low carbon emissions. It focusses on three of the basic principles that underpin low and zero carbon housing. These are:

  • Airtightness
  • Thermal bridging
  • Thermal bypassing

Over the last decade, the Buildings, Energy & Sustainability Group at Leeds Beckett 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.

The Learning Zone brings together the wealth of knowledge and expertise of these two organisations on the design and constructional issues that influence the energy and carbon emissions attributable to dwellings. It will be of interest to those responsible for designing, constructing and managing dwellings; and of particular interest to those committed to developing low carbon solutions, meeting higher levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes or aiming for the 2016 Zero Carbon Homes target.

Although the Low Carbon Housing Learning Zone will concentrate principally on issues related to housing, a number of the resources incorporated within the zone will also be equally applicable to non-domestic buildings.

PROJECT PARTNERS

All of the material incorporated within this site will be developed collaboratively by the Buildings Energy & Sustainability Group at Leeds Beckett University and members of the AECB.

PROJECT REPORTS

Johnston, D. Miles-Shenton, D. and Bell, M. (2008) Low Carbon Housing Learning Zone. Deliverable 3 – Learning Zone Structure. A Report to the Construction Knowledge Exchange. Leeds Beckett University, Leeds.

Johnston, D. Miles-Shenton, D. Bell, M. Reason, L. and Herring, C. (2008) Low Carbon Housing Learning Zone. Deliverable 2 – Scoping Report. A Report to the Construction Knowledge Exchange. Leeds Beckett University, Leeds.

Johnston, D. (2007) Low Carbon Housing Learning Zone. Deliverable 1 – Memorandum of Collaboration. Leeds Beckett University, Leeds.

CONTACT

Professor David Johnston
Email: d.johnston@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Tel: 0113 8127634
School of Built Environment & Engineering
City Campus
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds LS1 3HE

 

 

   
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