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Sustainable building materials reduce the environmental impact of house building and refurbishment.

Locally grown wood, local stone, re-used bricks, less energy-intensive cement, natural insulation materials, etc. all contribute to lowering the CO2e emissions.

Apart from the processing and distribution impacts, wood can be almost carbon neutral. Whereas a tonne of cement gives off a tonne of CO2e.

It is difficult to quantify the carbon savings of some Actions. In this case we allocate a nominal 10kg CO2e per year. This is not reflective of the actual savings which may be significantly more, but to show that you are making a difference. If possible, we will provide representative calculations at a later date. 

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Total Carbon saved on this action 85 kg CO2e
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  •  Howard Elston: 

    My wife and I are just starting on a project to build 3 new homes on a suburban block of land.  The aim is to embed sustainability in the design DNA - passive design, insulation, solar power, low maintenance, ...  We want to create cutting edge "green homes" that can be used to show others what is possible.  Planning is underway with a target of having the first home finished by mid-2017.

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  •  Penney Poyzer-Schalom: 

    Our retrofit - which began 19 years ago - gave us the opportunity to experiment with new ecologically sound materials and to promote them to other people.

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