08 Feb 2008 10:02:59
Flat-pack homes 'could help' reduce emissions.
New flat pack homes may help people in the UK reduce their carbon emissions, an industry expert has suggested.
A new development of BoKlok properties - designed by Ikea and marketed by Live Smart @ Home in the UK - in Gateshead may offer "new innovations in building design and green technology", according to Brian Berry, director of external affairs for the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
The properties have been designed to achieve excellent sustainability ratings, according to the manufacturer, which may help contribute to achieving the government goal of making all new homes built in the UK zero-carbon by 2016.
However, Mr Berry also asserted there are a number of other ways builders can reduce their carbon footprint, including purchasing material produced locally to cut down on transport emissions and employing local workers who do not have to travel "huge distances".
He added that many FMB members operate locally, which is "much more sustainable" than mass-produced housing that has to be transported across the country.