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Kevin McCloud’s HAB promises first ‘energy positive’ scheme by 2018

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Kevin McCloud’s housing firm HAB has said it will build its first ‘energy positive’ housing scheme by 2018

The Bristol-based developer added that by 2020 all of its projects would produce more energy than they use.

HAB, which recently announced that it was planning to build a 150-home development in Bristol, said that where it was not possible to deliver the carbon reductions on site it would partner with local organisations to reduce emissions in close proximity to its schemes.

It added that it would also be looking to reduce the embodied carbon in the construction of its developments.

The pledge was presented to negotiators at the COP21 climate talks in Paris last week by the UK Green Building Council alongside a range of other construction sector commitments.

HAB founder Kevin McCloud said: ‘The UK’s need for new, affordable homes is desperate and undeniable. However, we have a government that is rolling back green building policies and increasing subsidies to fossil fuels. So how do we avoid a housebuilding boom that has horrific knock-on consequences for the climate?

‘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. That’s why I’m very proud that HAB can today make this pledge and also lay down the gauntlet to the construction supply industry to help us deliver against it.’

John Alker, campaign and policy director for the UK Green Building Council, added: ‘The success of the Paris Summit rests not just on national governments, but on the willingness of the private sector to take action. Kevin McCloud and the HAB team have shown tremendous leadership in making such an ambitious pledge.

‘They have also demonstrated time and again that desirable, high quality homes for people can go hand in hand with delivering our carbon targets.’

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