The Design, Delivery and Use of Zero Carbon HomesProfessor Mark Gillott (Chair in Sustainable Building Design, Department of Architecture & Built Environment at the University of Nottingham) gives a little more insight into this Friday’s talk. It looks to be a fascinating look into the future of new housing in a sustainable Beeston.

Be sure to come along, this Friday 13th March, at 7.30pm, John Clifford School, Nether Street, Beeston.

The energy used in our homes accounts for more than a quarter of energy use and carbon dioxide emissions in the United Kingdom. More energy is used in housing than either road transport or industry and consequently housing represents a major opportunity to cut energy use and CO2 emissions in both existing and new build homes.

Current UK zero carbon housing policy requires all new homes from 2016 to mitigate, through various measures, all the carbon emissions produced on-site as a result of the energy used to provide space heating and cooling, hot water and fixed lighting. This policy is well aligned with European Policy which requires all new buildings to be nearly Zero Energy Buildings from 2020. However, to achieve these targets requires a significant step change in the way we design, deliver and use our homes.

The talk will cover the challenges we all face in achieving these goals by using real life energy efficient housing projects as case study examples. It is hoped that the information presented will help people navigate their way through the minefield of sustainable housing solutions in order to help them make their own informed decisions on reducing energy bills and CO2 emissions and maybe help create a more sustainable Beeston.

Professor Mark Gillott