In line with our business strategy called Our Vision, we believe in putting people at the heart of placemaking. We work in partnership to create well-designed, beautiful, high quality, safe and sustainable places which will endure as settled, vibrant communities long into the future. They include sustainable infrastructure and amenities, and are designed to be resilient to the effects of climate change.
The proposals include a range of measures that will assist in mitigating climate change. These measures will reduce carbon emissions in the following areas:
- the construction of dwellings
- the use of the development
- the transport generated
As part of Berkeley's Our Vision requirement, the proposals will include:
Net Zero Carbon - A low carbon transition plan to show how the homes would need to be designed with the potential to be 'net zero ready' in operation by homeowners by 2030. To achieve these carbon reduction targets, the new homes are likely to feature reductions in operational energy use due to:
- The use of highly energy efficient and carbon-efficient construction methods, high levels of insulation and airtightness to walls, floors and roofs
- Increased renewable energy supply, employing for example, a range of reliable low carbon technologies including photovoltaic (solar) panels and heat pumps
- Offsetting any remaining carbon emissions.
Sustainable materials - All materials and products shall be specified in accordance with the Berkeley Group Sustainable Specification and Procurement Policy. This includes all timber being Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified and for other materials, preference to materials which:
- Have a low environmental impact
- Have a high recycled content or can be re-used
- Help to mitigate issues such as climate change, ecological damage, waste production and water scarcity
Recycling facilities - Each home shall have fixed units within the kitchen to segregate and store recyclable waste.
Water efficiency - The development shall meet the water efficiency requirement of 105 litres/ person /day. In addition, rainwater will be managed to prevent flooding in and around the development whilst also providing a positive visual aspect and amenity for the community, with associated health and wellbeing benefits.
Energy efficient Lighting - All fixed internal lights within the home and communal areas shall be LED.
Domestic appliances - All domestic-scale appliances and any white goods installed will achieve the following ratings (or better) under the EU Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme:
- Fridges and fridge-freezers: A+ rating
- Washing machines: A++ rating
- Dishwashers: A+ rating
- Washer-dryers: A rating
- Tumble dryers: A rating
Sustainable transport - Incorporating electric vehicle charging facilities and cycle storage will help enable residents to choose low carbon transport methods.