The housebuilding company chaired by television’s Kevin McCloud has committed to delivering its first energy positive housing scheme by 2018. In its pledge statement, issued as global governments meet in Paris for the COP21 climate talks, HAB also says it will make all its schemes energy positive from 2020.
The company has a string of green housing projects in the pipeline. It recently announced a 150 home scheme in the Southmead area of Bristol, which will have low carbon energy technologies, is building five detached family homes in Oxford using low carbon hemp building systems (pictured here), and has won planning for a 50-home development in Kings Worthy, Hampshire, which will incorporate low carbon features.
HAB chairman Kevin McCloud said, “I believe passionately that housebuilders and progressive businesses can step in where government fails. It’s in our power to harness innovation, embrace the newest low energy technologies, reduce demand (and cost) for people and help build communities that are sustainable and low impact.”