Three zero-carbon developers are not waiting for a government mandate to make radical change to the way they make places. A few progressive developers are not waiting for the government’s lead. Innovative business models combined with a rock-solid desire to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack are driving their agenda. Octevo Housing Solutions with Liverpool Community Homes is working towards three goals – contributing to the net zero target, tackling the shortage of social housing, and reducing fuel poverty. Project Etopia: an EPC assessment last year gave their Etopia Corby homes an energy rating of 104/100, and found that it emitted -0.7 tonnes of CO₂ a year, compared with six tonnes a year from conventional homes. We’re aiming to be the Tesla of house builders,” A 350-home development in Nottingham is trialling a new business model under which it effectively acts as a decentralised energy grid – where energy is generated locally, stored locally and used locally. The aim is to cut carbon from energy generation, while cutting bills for residents. Project SCENe at Trent Basin is being developed by a consortium of business and academia, including developer Blueprint, the University of Nottingham, Siemens, consultancy AT Kearney and energy technology start-up SmartKlub in partnership with Nottingham City Council. The development features solar PV on rooftops and a solar farm comprising 700 panels, which are connected to a 2MWh Tesla battery – Europe’s largest community battery at the time of installation last year.
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