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26 Jan 2009 05:01:04

'Carbon negative' development breaks ground



'Carbon negative' development breaks ground
Work has started on the UK's first carbon negative development, according to developers.

The greenhouse project in Leeds is expected to generate more renewable energy than it uses.

It will harness a variety of technologies to achieve this end including roof-mounted and off-site wind turbines, ground source heat pumps and solar thermal water heating.

Indoor temperature at the 172 homes and 1,400 square meters of office space will be carefully regulated through high levels of insulation that will keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

A spokesman said: "The combined technologies mean that greenhouse uses less energy than it creates, which allows the excess to be fed into the National Grid. This makes the development carbon negative."

The development will also have car club made up of vehicles powered by renewable fuels.

The building is expected to meet the highest specifications of the Code for Sustainable Homes –Level 6.

While such developments will help reduce the amount of carbon created by new homes, the Committee for Climate Change has highlighted the importance of tackling the carbon emissions from existing housing stock.

Even though all new homes will have to be zero carbon from 2016, the majority of homes that will be in use by this time have already been built without focus on sustainable codes.

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30 Jan 2009

In the "carbon negative" scenario is the TOTAL energy input considered...the energy costs for the buildings, for the heat pumps, for the turbines, etc. It is easy to have a segment of a scenario "energy negative", but what is the result when everything involved is considered?


Inovex wrote:

31 Jan 2009

Would not consider producing more electricity than you need carbon negative. By that definition all windmills are carbon negative. That are actually carbon neutral. i.e. they neither add nor remove carbon.
Carbon negative would remove carbon from atmosphere.


Duncan wrote:

02 Feb 2009

Laramie, Inovex, good comments. I have emailed the project via their website to see if they care to respond.


23 Sep 2010

Hi all,

The Greenhouse Leeds is having it's official launch on 2nd October 2010. Please join us to celebrate Britain's most pioneering low-carbon development!

RSVP at www.greenhouselaunch.co.uk

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