How to create net zero homes by maximising investment options

By increasing net zero options, developers could help meet carbon commitments while appealing to a broad range of clients and pocketing a profit from the premium prices, according to analysis from building research specialists BIM Construction and Net Zero Simple Solutions

The approach would play a key role in addressing the current housing deficit in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK and in providing high quality, sustainable homes for the nation’s urban middle class.

Net Zero Places addresses the issues that come with maximising a home’s carbon footprint while maintaining housing affordability and maximising efficiency.

Housing is an internationally focused industry and developers are increasingly looking to adopt and apply the local climate action options.

L-R: Wayne Smith, Net Zero Simple Solutions and Nizar Shareef, BIM Construction

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All residential buildings should contribute towards a net zero carbon footprint. However, developments where the impact on greenhouse gas emissions has been maximised may realise even more environmental benefits than the national averages. This is because of opportunities to bring together multiple developments and optimise the site’s orientation, build methods and thermal performance.

As a result, reduced energy and maintenance costs will result, contributing towards helping their clients meet their climate targets. Environmental performance is just one piece of a mixed economic picture, however, and will increase private sector interest in progressive policies and legislation that drive the net zero movement.

According to the Carbon Trust, 44% of people have been swayed towards more sustainable development due to the green approach.

“Developers and local authorities are also keen to ensure their properties and homes respond to the environmental challenges we face,” says Paula Ker, consultant on more sustainable housing at BIM Construction.

Together, these developments should help meet the future housing demands of the residential market. Ultimately, demand and supply can balance.

With many of the UK’s housing shortage firmly within its reach, demand for these developments will only increase. The same approach could help counter the increase in well designed, fuel efficient developments that can in turn protect the nation’s environment.

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