Eco-homes go mainstream
Up to 30,000 eco-home new build projects are estimated to be in progress in the UK, marking a sharp rise in interest in smart, low-carbon housing.
“The way we build housing in the UK hasn’t changed much since the Victorian era,” says Chris Thompson, the founder of Citu, which plans to build 500 low-energy homes a year in Leeds. Speaking to the Guardian, he added, “It’s all driven by perceived risk. Anyone looking to build something has to answer to a funder, who’ll use valuers to ensure that what you’re proposing has a market.”
In addition to an increased industry push towards greener homes, the government has developed a future homes standard, which will mandate all new homes to be “zero-carbon-ready” from 2025.
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