Oxford is aiming to become a net-zero city-region by 2030 – 20 years ahead of the national target. In order to reach this target, the 42 members of the Citizens’ Assembly are recommending the introduction of new energy efficiency requirements for community buildings and new-build housing; measures to boost local renewable energy installations; measures to cut transport emissions and investment to expand biodiversity across the region. On the housing front, work has this week started to build eight zero-carbon council homes across three sites in the city. The new homes will be considered zero-carbon for regulated energy use of lighting, hot water, heating and ventilation, but fittings added by tenants won’t be regulated. Each home will be built from pre-fabricated panels featuring timber frames, insulation and electrics built in that will then be assembled on site. Air source heat pumps, solar panels and triple glazing will all be features of the homes.
Edie 17th May 2020 read more »