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Zero carbon by 2011: delivering sustainable affordable homes in Wales

Jones, Matthew Richard, Forster, Wayne Peter ORCID:, Coombs, Steven and Paradise, Caroline 2008. Zero carbon by 2011: delivering sustainable affordable homes in Wales. Presented at: PLEA 2008: 25th Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Dublin, Ireland, 22-24 October 2008. Published in: Kenny, Paul, Brophy, Vivienne and Lewis, J. Owen eds. Towards Zero Energy Buildings - Proceedings of PLEA 2008. Dublin: University College Dublin,

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As the Stern Review on climate change reported, more than a quarter of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the energy used to heat, light and run homes. In order to tackle this problem, the UK government has committed itself to achieving zero carbon standards for all new homes by 2016, the most exacting target found anywhere in the world. In February 2007 the devolved Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) announced that all new buildings funded by the Assembly will need to achieve Zero Carbon by 2011 five years earlier. The standards of the current assessment tool employed by the Welsh Assembly is still a long way short of the zero carbon goal, therefore the imminent replacement of this for the BRE Code for Sustainable Homes, signifies a step-change in housing construction in order to achieve zero carbon homes. The delivery of homes at this level by 2011 will require considerable economic and political support and will need a reinvestigation of the form, orientation, construction and materials used. It is currently unknown how the industry will respond to these changes, or if the Code for Sustainable Homes offers the best method of changing perceptions and mindsets. Through case studies the paper will demonstrate a way of achieving the integrated design of zero carbon housing in Wales through collaborative processes. Working with environmental research engineers, manufacturers, registered social landlords and government offers a holistic approach to sustainable design. This is not based on a tick-box approach to design but an understanding of all aspects of sustainability. Case studies will assess the success of this approach and offer an insight into the viability of achieving zero carbon in Wales by 2011.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: housing; zero carbon; energy
Additional Information: Paper no. 460. Design Research Unit Wales.
Publisher: University College Dublin
ISBN: 9781905254347
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Last Modified: 06 Nov 2022 13:29

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