Are We Closing-in On Zero Carbon Buildings?
Architects Journal reported that the additional cost of making a home ‘zero carbon’ has halved in the last three years, according to new research. Managing Director at Zero Carbon Hub says the ambitious zero carbon policy is now becoming more cost effective and that the challenge is to continue innovating to keep costs low. The contributors to the reduction of additional costs in zero-carbon are as follows:
- Reduced costs of photovoltaic panels (PV)
- Changes to the zero carbon standards
- Greater efficiency in meeting air tightness requirements
It is also fascinating to see new innovations and design concepts around the world, supporting the zero carbon effort. For example, David Benjamin’s evolutionary way of making building materials. According to FastCompany, biologically engineered bricks are used in David’s design to build two cylindrical towers in the courtyard of a Brooklyn museum in June 2014. The building blocks are created with mushroom materials combined with mycelium and corn stalks, which emits no carbon, requires almost zero energy and also has a component of waste absorption.
“It could also present a radical alternative to building up our city’s future — one that’s inspired by biology, stretched even further by human technology, and part of a zero waste, cradle-to-grave cycle,” said Sydney Brownstone at FastCompany.
(Photo : The Living http://thelivingnewyork.com/hy-fi.htm). The zero waste building will also create a micro-climate for visitors to walk through. Watch the video explaining the towers and showcasing the renditions at: http://vimeo.com/85426618
So, with the promise of modern, low carbon new homes offering high reductions in energy bills, helping home owners and occupiers to save hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds per year and emerging new technology that will reduce carbon emissions in to our precious earth – with all these findings on cost reductions and benefits to our futures , will it still remain a challenging task for the building industry?