Zero carbon housing solution from China and UK partnership

By Lucy Dixon
ChinaNational Building Materials (CNBM) is working in partnership with WElink Energy Ltdin the UK to create a sustainable housing solution. The Barcelon...

China National Building Materials (CNBM) is working in partnership with WElink Energy Ltd in the UK to create a sustainable housing solution. The Barcelona Housing Systems (BHS) has been designed by Cesar Martinell & Associates.

​CNBM and WElink are initially committing over £800 million for the first 8,000 housing units in the UK market.

The zero-carbon houses will also feature solar power and energy storage solutions installed by British Solar Renewables (BSR), as well as waste-to-energy technology.

The plans show that zero carbon housing is affordable, according to the Renewable Energy Association’s CEO, Dr. Nina Skorupska CBE. She said: “The announcement proves that low carbon homes are commercially viable and are attractive to new home owners. Installing solar and storage on new developments is not a play-thing of the rich, in fact these are affordable family homes.

"Britain requires a tremendous level of investment and political commitment to build over 200,000 homes needed a year. The announcement demonstrates an excellent model for how to move forwards; these homes will have very low energy bills over their lives and owners will live more independently than ever before.

"Instead of actively supporting Zero Carbon Homes such as these, the government has removed the regulations that would ensure that all new homes are built in this way. The REA now looks to the government to reinstate the Zero Carbon Homes policy to take the lead and ensure more affordable green homes are built.”

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