Been looking at site that mention Hanham Hall – the first Zero Carbon Challenge project recently let to Barratts. The local BBC Bristol site contains these wonderful comments from English Partnerships:
Unlike carbon neutral developments, there can be no conscience-clearing carbon off-setting on a zero-carbon project.
No carbon footprint must be left at the site whatsoever and other developers will watch the Hanham Hall winner hawkishly as from 2016 all new homes must be zero-carbon.
The South West Director of the agency, David Warbuton, said a new eco-friendly chapter was beginning in the history of housebuilding:
“I think humankind has always evolved according to local and environmental conditions and, as slate replaced thatch 400 years ago, that’s all we’re talking about here. We’re at the next stage of building and community evolution.
Now it starts to sound more like a challenge. Making the construction process itself zero carbon would be challenge enough considering the high carbon emissions of transportation and cement products. We will learn allot from this project