COP26 Gloucestershire – an ABC hosted fringe event
Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, ABC is hosting a COP fringe event in Berkeley, Gloucestershire. We will discuss issues ranging from leadership on the green agenda, the role of the public sector in reaching net zero, to the need for green skills, and how the UK’s construction industry needs to adapt or wither.
Find out how ABC has helped deliver more affordable and environmentally friendly homes & developments, as well as hearing from guests such as Ecotricity’s Dale Vince and Robert Llewellyn from Fully Charged.
ABC’S HOMES OF THE FUTURE
A brand new property showcasing the Future Homes Standard is to be built at our Berkeley site this autumn. When complete, ABC will have three unrivalled buildings demonstrating the green home technologies shaping our futures.
We are thrilled to be a COP26 partner, sharing ABC’s knowhow and technology with the world in COP’s Built Environment Virtual Pavilion, and helping to inspire global action on emissions from homes.
ABC is working with Nationwide Building Society to help create one of the UK’s largest energy-efficient housing developments. The landmark £50m plan will see more than 200 homes constructed in Swindon.
ABC speaks at government property development conference
ABC’s CEO, Ron Cowley spoke at Built Environment Networking’s Government Property Development Conference, on 1 July, appearing alongside Jon Loveday, Director of Infrastructure, Enterprise and Growth at the Infrastructure Projects Authority, and Steven Boyd, CEO of the Government Property Agency, to discuss ‘Is the Public Sector a Good Client?’. Lee Chambers, COO of the Active Building Centre, also discussed ‘Government Property in a Digital World’ with Yogesh Babbar, Chief Data Officer of the Government Property Function.
Smart Heat and Flexible Buildings
There is a growing realisation of the massive savings that are to be made from making the most of the deployment of heat pumps and Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points, built on the growing realisation that both can offer demand & flexibility. The more of that flexibility we can harness the greater the advantage we can take from renewables.
Existing homes have to become electric homes
The Future Homes Standard will come into effect in 2025, setting out the technical specifications and required sustainability standards of all new-build homes. We believe it would be an oversight for the government not to mandate that a minimum proportion of all new build houses have EV charging built in, ideally with a home based battery. Despite hard work and good intentions, we are not currently on track to electrify either our vehicle fleet or our housing stock as quickly as required.
Making our buildings more active for a better future
Buildings contribute 40% of the UK’s carbon emissions and it will be impossible to achieve net-zero by 2050 unless we transform our built environment. We can turn our buildings from assets into liabilities on the balance sheet of harmful emissions. We can do this by designing and refurbishing homes, offices, hospitals and all other manner of buildings to generate at least sufficient green energy for their own needs and to then intelligently store the surplus or redistribute it into the national grid.
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