Our journey towards a sustainable future
At LoCaL Homes, we make sure to act on sustainability, not just with the products we supply, but through our manufacturing processes too. Below we have broken down the actions we take to be more sustainable, so you can learn about the benefits.
LoCaL Homes being a part of GreenSquareAccord group, is committed to increasing the environmental sustainability of its manufacturing, operational processes, and systems.
LoCaL Homes continue to introduce and integrate changes within our business practices and methodologies, with a focus to reduce its energy, waste and water usage. This will give a reduction in carbon emissions from a baseline perspective.
Future Homes Standard
The new Future Homes Standard ensures that by law all new homes built from 2025 onwards produce 75-80% less carbon emissions than those under the current standards, with the aim to provide homes with low-carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency.
The Future Homes Standard is an update to Part L building regulations and is an essential part in achieving the UK’s 2050 net zero target. As a housing provider, if you wish to gain access to additional funding through Homes England, you will need to comply with this new standard.
“The Future Homes Standard is probably the biggest jump in energy efficiency for new homes in a generation.”
LoCaL Homes are ahead of the curve and are delivering Future Home Standard homes now for both internal and external projects. Using a fabric-first approach and our 15 years’ experience in the offsite construction industry, we have worked to create the Eco-150 and Eco-200 system to help you achieve the government’s low carbon goals. Our products are already achieving the Future Homes Standard in terms of both U values and thermal efficiency.
Fabric performance is critical and a key driver for LoCaL Homes. That’s why we adopt a fabric-first approach. We pride ourselves in the innovative design of our Eco closed panel system that has thermal wall performance U-values between 0.18 and 0.13. We can also advise on U-values as low as 0.11. Our Eco panels can also be factory fitted with brick and clad external finishes. LoCaL Homes designs focus on three key elements to achieve energy efficiency and thermal performance.
- Thermal bridging
These three elements underpin the need to target reductions in carbon emissions whilst minimising fuel costs for the residents of the housing provider. So critical in times of fuel poverty.
By adopting a fabric-first approach and designing to a Future Homes Standard, you are basically future-proofing your home, doing away with the need to upgrade and retrofit at a later date. This will give cost certainty to the housing stock.
Maximising the use of timber
When it comes to sustainability in construction, the material choices that we make really matter. Timber is a natural, renewable and sustainable material for building, with a lighter carbon footprint than both concrete and steel. Not only is timber a sustainable material, but it embodies carbon.
As a timber frame manufacturer, we have worked to maximise this sustainable resource to create solutions which are low in carbon and low in waste. All of our timber materials are responsibly sourced and certified by a third party.
The sustainable benefits of structural timber
Environmentally, the advantages of building with structural timber are vast. Timber is the stand-out performer, possessing the highest embodied carbon of any building material.
As forests are properly managed and maintained, timber provides us with the only truly renewable building resource. In farmed forests, typically for every tree cut, a further three to five are planted.
Trees sequester and store carbon from the atmosphere – meaning that throughout its lifecycle, timber has a carbon-negative impact.
Timber also offers exceptional energy efficiency performance, greatly reducing household emissions – a positive for both the environment and the pocket of the homeowner.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing society and it will affect the way we live, work and change the places we call home. Housebuilders and designers will have to make changes to the way homes are built. Not just to reduce the carbon emissions, but also to ensure they are comfortable, resilient and of a high quality.
The UK built environment is estimated to be responsible for nearly half of the UK’s carbon emissions, and embodied can account for as much as 30% of this (this figure will increase as homes become more energy efficient).
Changes to the building regulations will see new homes emit 31% less carbon than that seen previously. The new Future Homes Standard in 2025 will result in a reduction between 75-80%.
Pre-manufactured value over 55%
We understand pre-manufactured value (PMV) in detail, so you don’t have to. With our own in-house design team, we have been able to create several housing solutions which has the ability to achieve up to 55% PMV and over. We work with you to understand your constraints, so that we can effectively create an offsite solution that suits your needs and PMV requirements.
Why choose LoCaL Homes?
The construction sector is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions.
Here at LoCaL Homes, we provide more sustainable alternatives to traditional building methods throughout the entire process, from sourcing materials to the manufacturing and construction of the final build.Contact us