Building low-energy, low-carbon homes is not difficult if you put your mind to it – doing it cost effectively is.
C-Zero focuses on getting it right at every stage – from initial design, to design optimisation to reach the target level of performance, and then managing the delivery of the building – we handle the whole process.
First thing’s first – the shell of the building. Getting the external envelope airtight and efficient reduces the energy and carbon consumption of the building without the need to resort to technology – less is more! This is commonly known as a “fabric first” approach – only when we have exhausted all possibilities of energy saving within the fabric do we resort to technology or renewables.
C-Zero built Long Meadow Diss to Level 4 of the Code, which we saw at the time as being the optimum balance between sustainability and commercial reality. Harvest House Wistanswick is essentially Code Level 5, however in our opinion the Code is not the best way of delivering the type of sustainability our customers want. Focus with that project is on the Energy Performance Certificate instead.
With the demise of the Code, and the Government’s abandonment of the zero carbon homes target, our policy is to deliver a higher level of performance than regulation demands, for the benefit of the home occupier.