Zero-net energy apartment complex to be constructed in UK

January 20, 2021 By Shannon Hayes Off

Global warming is a major threat to the world’s environment. It is everybody’s concern to avoid or reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Energy consumption throughout the world should be reduced. This starts in each and every household. Governments around the world are very alarmed about the need to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Collective measures of citizens and all government levels should be mobilized to achieve the global solution to our planet’s deteriorating atmosphere.

As part of environmentally sustainable projects, 100 green apartments will rise in Luton, UK. Backed by the UK government, it is an initiative to transform the city into an eco-friendly environment. The community will install solar and wind power generators, and will recycle waste materials to be used as energy to produce heat, reducing energy bills.

Its goal: to achieve zero-net energy. The plan employs sustainable features which placed it at a Code 5 rating for Standard Homes, where 6 is the zero-carbon level. For future upgrades, they have pre-designed the path toward a zero-energy level.

According to businessman Jan Telensky, who made the proposal to build the apartments, the plan would bring the rebirth of an old, crime-ridden site on into a community of values and objectives. The project, called “Low Energy Apartments” (LEA), is backed by the Luton Borough Council and is in its planning stages.

To see idle hidden corners rise up with innovations to provide green homes and facilities at reasonable cost is something to look forward to. The most significant attribute here is the desire to be a part of the campaign for environmental protection, like lowering greenhouse gas emissions, improving waste management, and, at the same time, motivating an environmentally concerned community.

The architects designed the apartments with beautiful green roofs to serve as a protective top over the waterproofing layer. The roofs will protect the layer from extreme temperatures and abrasions and reduce carbon emissions by producing more oxygen. The use of massive thermal materials to store heat in warm weather and release it in cold weather is applied in this project.

The primary energy and sustainability features for the project are:

  1. High-performance thermal insulation
  2. A well-designed weather-tightness scheme
  3. A power plant that can generate heat and power by using wooden waste
  4. Wind turbines will be used to power low-energy lighting and appliances
  5. Water-powered solar collectors that cover the roofs provide space and water heating

The green roofs will provide a natural habitat, along with reducing carbon dioxide emissions. They will provide much-needed oxygen, not to mention their attractive appeal. Winter gardens heated by the sun will highlight the Southern front.