Sustainable Guernsey Homes

July 9th, 2010 by Vanessa

Our Homes Carbon Footprint

The UK Climate Change Act 2008 set greenhouse emission reduction targets ‘of at least 80% by 2050’ and ‘at least 34% by 2020’ based on a 1990 baseline. It is anticipated that Guernsey will follow suit and adopt similar targets to join the global response to Climate Change.

Currently over a quarter of emissions come from the energy used within our homes. Construction, remodeling and renovation creates even further energy demands.

The RIBA & Sustainability

The RIBA encourages architects and clients to make a conscientious effort to incorporate sustainability into the design of homes and selection of the construction materials used in their execution. The aim is to create homes that are less toxic to live in, cheaper to operate and that often give back to the environment rather than taking away. Also they strive to be beautiful, highly livable homes that enhance the lives of their occupants. Of equal importance, they aim to increase in value more quickly than more conventionally conceived houses because of cheaper operating expenses.

The Code for Sustainable Homes

To enable the step change needed in sustainable building practice for new homes, the UK developed ‘The Code for Sustainable Homes’. This measures the sustainability of a home against design categories, rating the ‘whole home’ as a complete package. Those familiar with building regulations will recognize this as a major and welcome departure from current practice.

The 9 design categories included within the Code are:

  • energy/CO2
  • water
  • materials
  • surface water run-off
  • waste
  • pollution
  • health and well-being
  • management
  • ecology

G-CAN strives to encourage our community to adopt similar standards to ensure that new homes that are being invested in today, will be fit for purpose for future generations. Guernsey currently has no such guiding regulation.

Thursday, September 2nd at the Greenhouse

‘Going Green’. A seminar by G-CAN on how we can improve the green credentials of our homes and make our lifestyles more sustainable.

For further information please call Vanessa Crispini Adams on 728886.  If you wish to save this information on your computer please download the PDF flyer.

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