Saint-Gobain, sponsor of the Zero Carbon Hub Annual Conference, supports the construction industry by demonstrating the benefits of adopting a fabric-first approach, using the many systems and solutions that are available to maximise the performance of the building envelope. Saint-Gobain Isover's Multi-Comfort House Concept offers optimal thermal comfort and related energy savings. It also permits great flexibility in building design, both externally and internally.
Zero carbon is made up of three parts:
The foundation for any zero carbon home is high levels of energy efficiency from the building fabric to minimise energy demand. The Zero Carbon Hub has delivered a Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard (FEES) which will require that homes of the future are sufficiently well insulated and adequately air-tight.
The ‘onsite’ contribution to zero carbon (including energy efficiency above) is called Carbon Compliance. This includes on-site low and zero carbon energy such as PV and connected heat such as a community heating network.
The remainder of required emission reductions can be achieved via Allowable Solutions although at present, there is uncertainty about exactly what these might be and how much they might cost. Proposals by the previous Government suggested Allowable Solutions may include measures such as retrofitting existing homes to ‘offset’ emissions from new homes, and a fund into which housebuilders could pay for the delivery of renewable infrastructure.
For further information visit www.zerocarbonhub.org