Wednesday 3 January 2024

Derby’s first ‘carbon negative’ homes hit the streets

Derby’s first ‘carbon negative’ homes hit the streets

In Arboretum, Derby, four new council homes have been completed, featuring an A rating for energy efficiency and a carbon-negative status, effectively offsetting -0.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

The development contributes to Derby's commitment to carbon reduction and aims for similar specifications in future housing projects.

These properties, with integrated solar panels, insulation, and air source heat pumps, are predicted to reduce overall living costs for residents.

Councillor Shiraz Kahn, Cabinet Member for Housing, Property and Regulatory Services, said: "These properties not only provide homes for families who desperately need them, but the energy efficient designs will mean the cost of heating and powering them should be more affordable.

"This site was prone to fly-tipping and was using significant council resources to clear it regularly, so the project has also delivered much wider benefits."

A recent survey by the Association of Decentralised Energy found that approximately 25% of English councils are facing challenges in enforcing energy efficiency standards for private rentals.

Written by

Sumit Bose

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