LAUNCH: How to Deliver New Net Zero Carbon Homes

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February 23, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm





Launch of two new resources to help accelerate the delivery of new net zero carbon homes and low carbon residential precincts.

The UK government has committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and, alongside this, build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. Government policy and regulation can help set the direction of travel in decarbonising new homes, however recent updates to the Future Buildings Standard and Heat and Buildings Strategy demonstrate that increased ambition from industry is required. Existing homes are already responsible for 16% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, and so new homes in design today must go beyond current building regulations to be compatible with the UK’s net zero target. 

Guide to delivering new net zero carbon homes  

Developers and housebuilders are aware that the design, construction and operation of new homes must change significantly in order to deliver them as net zero carbon, however the exact nature of these changes remains unclear. UKGBC published the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework Definition in 2019 to build industry consensus on what constitutes a net zero carbon building and, for new homes, additional detail can now be layered onto the framework to provide further definition. This includes outlining what should be delivered at handover stage to ensure a home is ‘enabled’ as net zero carbon in operation and applying industry-developed ‘targets’ (RIBA and LETI) to inform the level of performance expected.  

Case study for low carbon residential precincts 

UKGBC’s Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap states that embodied carbon emissions will make up over half of built environment emissions by 2035. Some residential developers are beginning to assess the embodied carbon from new homes, yet the embodied carbon from the precinct or masterplan works – including roads, utilities and energy infrastructure – which consume large amounts of construction materials, is typically overlooked. Uncovering these impacts can reveal opportunities for ‘quick wins’ to reduce embodied carbon and, in parallel, help to deliver biodiversity net gain and improved resident amenity.  

Launch event 

This event will see the launch of two resources: 

  1. Guide to delivering new net zero carbon homes – providing the industry with clarity on what constitutes a new net zero carbon home.  
  2. Case study for low carbon residential precincts – based on a real-world, low rise residential scheme that is currently going through the planning process.  

At the event, attendees will gain insights into key learnings from each resource, which can then be used to help lay the foundation for delivering new net zero carbon homes, alongside low carbon residential precincts.  

This event is the first in a two part series – a follow-up event will examine the real-world design and cost implications for practically delivering new zero carbon homes. 

Speakers to be announced early February.