Building the Case for Net Zero: A case study for low-rise residential developments.

net zero homes


February 23, 2022




This report presents the findings of a feasibility study exploring the design and cost implications of delivering low carbon residential developments. The study looks at a real-world 750-home scheme, Trumpington South, and is intended to highlight the need for the measurement and mitigation of embodied carbon in the construction and property industry. 

The report reveals a number of easy and cost-effectiveness design interventions which can be applied at the masterplan level to achieve embodied carbon savings. The results also reveal that minimising embodied carbon has wider benefits, including enhanced climate resilience, increased nature and biodiversity, and improved resident amenity. 

To complement this report, UKGBC is currently working on another study looking into delivering new net zero carbon homes on the scheme. This report is due to be published later in 2022.  

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