UK homebuilding company pioneers net-zero carbon emitting housing development

Cumbria-based housebuilder Genesis Homes will build 16 houses that are fully powered by renewable energy and smart technology in the village of Calthwaite as part of its EcoGen project. The project is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to significantly reduce household emissions, given that 40 percent of UK carbon emissions are currently attributed to households.
UK homebuilding company pioneers net-zero carbon emitting housing development
Courtesy of Genesis Homes.

By introducing the greener homes, more than 850 tonnes of carbon emissions will be saved over a 10-year period, compared to a traditional ‘grid and gas’ development of the same size.

Every net zero emitting home will be equipped with:

Solar PV panels on the roof,

A solar-assisted heat pump powered by a thermodynamic panel that provides hot water storage for the dwelling,

A small but powerful battery unit charged predominantly from the electricity grid using 100 percent green tariff energy,

Infrared heating panels that convert electricity into radiant heating in each room

A smart home system managed through an integrated app which allows the management of all parts of the house technology, from managing the multiple thermostats, to battery and energy usage, and scheduling of vehicle charging

Electric vehicle charging points

Since the company was formed five years ago, Genesis Homes has introduced energy efficient features to all its homes. All properties are already built to very strong building standards for thermal efficiency and air tightness.

Among the many green features of the existing homes are energy efficient LED lighting, smart energy meters, dual flush toilets, water saving shower heads, A-rated boilers and appliances.

The first EcoGen development cements the company’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions further and allows it to build a platform to construct further low carbon, net-zero emitting homes in the future.

“We are endeavouring to be the best we possibly can in our practices and this development underlines our serious commitment to tackling the climate crisis” said Nicky Gordon, the Managing Director of Genesis Homes who has led the EcoGen project. “We are leading the way in the sustainable house building sector because we feel passionate about reducing our impact on the environment, and we are encouraging our customers to join us on this journey. For us, this is just the starting point in our commitment to sustainable living and we are excited to see how this pioneering project will shape our long-term business plan.

By building these homes, we are removing harmful carbon emissions from households while significantly reducing energy costs for the homeowner so we regard this development as a win-win situation. This is an ongoing project and the net-zero emitting homes at Calthwaite are a line in the sand in our commitment to our sustainability agenda. We are now working on a considerable study into the embodied carbons in our construction and expect to make further improvements to how we build in the coming months.

We see the EcoGen project as an opportunity to create an emphasis on wellbeing, and will be looking to adapt our development objectives further in the future to combine our energy efficiency home specification with wider emphasis on biodiversity features.”

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