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Blog by Suzy Jones

Analysing our carbon footprint

24 February 2021

Carbon is by far the most significant and current issue facing the house building industry. As part of the construction sector that contributes 45% of the UK’s total carbon emissions, house builders have an obligation to radically reduce their impact. The House building industry is poised on the edge of revolutionary change, the likes of which the sector has not seen since the beginning of the age of industrialisation, but we are keen that our involvement in this change is well thought out, based on a thorough and holistic understanding of our planetary impact and how we limit it.

MMC and novel construction methods have the capacity to transform the fabric of our homes and the ways in which they are built, operational systems which include smart PV, Battery storage, V2G and Hydrogen provide a technology and infrastructure platform which could completely upend operational performance, mobility, energy ownership and distribution, and behaviour.

Future Eco City - image (c) Mark Jones

There is scope to be enormously ambitious, inventive and industry leading in our response to the climate and ecological crisis, but understanding where to invest time and (de-carbonised) energy is often not straight forward.

To make sure we get it right Future Lab is working with Arup on a detailed carbon analysis of House by Urban Splash and its products. Our aim is to better understand the current embodied and operational carbon credentials of our homes, as well as our company operations, so that we can create an informed roadmap to reduce our use of, and dependencies on, fossil fuels.

Town House - part of the House by Urban Splash family of products

Once this study is complete Future Lab will be taking hold of the more ambitious targets in our roadmap and using live demonstrators to propose and test alternative methods of operation on a significant scale. We have our eye on some really exciting propositions.

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