Why 2016 is the year to go green
Posted 18 February 2016
It's not always easy being green in your own home. But as climate change becomes a more clear and present danger to the world, homeowners should be paying closer attention to the sustainability of daily activities now more than ever.
Over the past decade, huge strides have been made in the way that households around the country recycle and reduce waste that would otherwise head for landfill. The most important step now is for people to do what they can to reduce carbon emissions. While global warming can be attributed to many things – including agriculture and motor vehicles – it is important that the effort to rein in energy usage starts at home.
Why is it important to be green?
If we don't make a collective effort around the planet to ‘go green’ in our day-to-day lives, common consensus is now that we will pass a tipping point at which the damage done to our natural environment becomes irreversible.
At the end of 2015, the Paris climate talks took place to tackle precisely this problem. Starting in 2016, 195 countries agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions significantly over the next decade, with an overall aim of keeping the average global temperature rise below 2°C – a threshold scientists believe is critical to the future sustainability of human existence on low-lying land around the globe.
Most people in the UK live in homes built during the 19th or 20th century. While these buildings often represent charm, character and style to many homebuyers, they are also incredibly inefficient by modern standards. The average home in Britain carries an Energy Performance Certificate with a D rating. And around three quarters of all homes having a D rating or worse.
What does this mean? Well, loosely translated the system is designed to measure regulated energy bills such as gas and electricity for standard usage. It takes into account:
- The fabric of the building
- How the space is heated
- How the water is heated
- The fixed lighting sources
- Renewable technologies in the home
Not only do the poor ratings of UK homes mean high energy bills, but they also equate to high energy consumption through the burning of fossil fuels – and that means carbon emissions.
While all homes can be made more efficient through the retro fitting of insulation, heat recovery technologies and more efficient heating and lighting systems, it is almost impossible to improve a traditionally built home to A level EPC.
Trivselhus by Esh homes are designed with the future in mind. Our homes not only offer intelligent open plan living spaces for the modern family, they are also built to A energy performance standards using innovative building techniques – something we expect to see become much more widespread in the construction industry over the next 10 years.
Every step of the process involved in creating a new Trivselhus home is carried out with the environment in mind. Our use of sustainably harvested wood is key, while our fabric first approach, solar photovoltaics and heat recovery technologies make it possible to minimise and, in some cases even remove, reliance on regulated energy from the National Grid.
Only by building and buying more sustainable homes can the UK realistically hope to comply with the planet-saving promises that were made as part of the Paris climate agreement.
If you want your next home move to be not only luxurious and comfortable but forward-thinking and energy efficient, why not discover Trivselhus by Esh by contacting us now.