Building more homes and tackling climate change might seem at odds with each other, but both are crises we must urgently address.
And, by investing in new technologies be those new methods of building, renewables or smart digital tech – we can make this possible. Building homes can be part of the solution as we move towards net zero.”
Senior Design Manager, Wates Residential
Building a more sustainable future, together.
Our Senior Design Manager, Geraint Sewell, writes for Local Authority Building and Maintenance (LABM) magazine, on how we can work together with local authorities and delivery partners to build a more sustainable future together.
In Cardiff, the Council has ambitions to be carbon neutral by 2030. And, as we deliver our Cardiff Living programme to provide 1,500 new homes across the city over 10 years, we’re helping them to achieve this goal by focusing on innovation.
Decrease emissions throughout a home’s lifetime.
Just one example of this is the installation of Wates Innovation Network partner Recoup’s Waste Water Heat Recovery System (WWHRS) on the majority of our sites. This system uses residual heat from a shower’s waste water to pre-heat incoming cold water, meaning less energy is used to get the shower to the right temperature.
From Passivhaus and modular construction to smart monitoring and electric vehicle charge points, technology has the power not only to decrease emissions as new homes are built, but also throughout a home’s lifetime.