It is undeniable that our construction industry is aiming for a sustainable future. Building regulations are becoming stricter, choice of materials and the overall emissions produced by buildings. The change and development is happening now!
Some people believe reducing our emissions is too expensive and is hard to achieve. This is wrong. Other countries are well ahead of the United Kingdom, such as Sweden and Germany. Processes like Passivhaus and BREEAM aid in this achievement but aren’t compulsory.
Technologies like Ground/Water/Air source heat pumps, solar panels, photovoltaics, rain water/grey water harvesting, HRVC, green roofs are expensive but all have a reachable payback period. Eventually they save you a lot of money and you’re helping the planet.
One of the easiest solutions is plenty of insulation. A common misunderstanding is extra insulation means extra hot. No this means during a cold season a building will retain heat and during hot seasons will allow the building to cool. Think of a tent on a hot summer’s day and on a cold winter’s night. This is due to no insulation! Not only will you be contributing towards a sustainable future but you can make savings on bill. One case study looked into easily achieved heating bills, going from £1,000+ a year to £90+ a year. Huge saving and you’re helping the environment!