Thursday, February 21, 2013

Developing guiding light for energy efficiency

THE Government is committed to reduce all carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 and it is estimated that in the UK for housing for 27% of all carbon emissions. Housing research and development organization NHBC Foundation and Zero Carbon Hub, has mapped the potential energy savings that can be achieved from living in various types of energy efficient new homes in the UK by Following research on consumer attitude towards zero-carbon homes. Interesting results of this study showed energy consumption compared to today's "upgrade" to the Victorian home than a new home built in 2010 needed. He added that the annual savings for a home run spending 55% on gas and electricity to house new life now. And, looking to continue, the annual savings could be around £ 1875 (79%) in 2016, when the Government zero-carbon home construction continues to target force. One of the winners of our own in our 2012 Awards last week, Gentoo Group, has built 28 revolutionary, low energy house using highly efficient German Passivhaus standard. Their development of the guidance light to reduce carbon emissions in the UK as the first to seek accreditation scheme Passivhaus and the largest of its kind in the country, and we are also proud to set the standard for innovation in the North East. Passivhaus homes ... Integration of features that enhance the health and well-being of constructors, the occupiers and the wider community. Winner of best practices in sustainable construction design and living. The integration of products and processes that reduce environmental impact. Positive adapt to climate change. Having operating costs are significantly lower for customers. It has a good indoor air quality and sound insulation and thermal efficiency. With a high level of air tightness and insulation along with low energy needs are estimated at an annual energy bill for heating and hot water for as little as £ 68. NHBC Foundation report to see what people think about a new type of energy-efficient homes, and what factors affect them in terms of deciding to stay in one. Household energy consumption is one of the largest contributors of carbon emissions in the UK, and will continue in the future, but the design of new homes means that they are much more efficient than older stock. Therefore, I think the consumer should be better about the cost savings they can benefit from living in a home with energy-efficient before they are likely to want to live in one. This is the new home for the benefit of people and planet. For information on Build excellence in the North East, contact Catriona Lingwood, on 0191 374 0233 or

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