31 May 2021
sponsored by Willmott Dixon
Sustainability SECBE Award 2021 finalist
TopHat has quietly set about creating one of the lowest carbon impact homes in the UK, with an initial focus on the South East of England.
Their standard home is one of the lowest carbon homes available in the UK, without the use of offsetting.
To test this statement, they commissioned BLP to undertake an assessment and they concluded:
These incredible figures are achieved because:
With a few enhancements, such as the addition of integral, NuLok PVs instead of roof tiles, their standard home can be upgraded to a zero embodied and zero in operations carbon home, at a cost of less than £5,000 per home.
Where they have found themselves with carbon-heavy products, such as bricks and brick slips, they have developed new products that meet the same performance and aesthetic at a fraction of the impact on the environment. This ethos lives strong within TopHat and drives them to continually challenge their accepted wisdom of what is possible within the built environment.
1(61,828 kgC02 ÷ 2,000 kgC02 (average car consumption p.a.) = 30.9 years)
2(19,692 kgC02 ÷ 729 kgC02 = 27)
3(2,330kWh x 14p/kWh = £326.20 / 365 = 89.4p)
About the Sustainability Award:
High environmental and climate performance in construction aims to meet present day needs for housing, working environments and infrastructure without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in times to come. It seeks to limit impact on the natural environment and demonstrate whole life sustainability. It is most effective when organisational culture, high design quality, technical innovation and transferability are abundant. More info.
Find out who wins at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2021 Summit & Awards Ceremony on Thurs 1st July 2021. Free attendance.