Information and case studies on topics such as net-zero carbon buildings, Passivhaus design and features for new homes to tackle climate change.
Will South is a Director and Engineer at Etude, focused on sustainability in construction. He is also a Passivhaus Certifier and Designer and a member of the RIBA's Sustainable Futures Expert Advisory Group.
In this blog, he outlines simple features that he believes all new houses should implement if architecture is to make a difference in tackling climate change.
It has been ten years since the UK’s first Passive House (or Passivhaus) building. Since then, uptake of its ultra-low-energy design approach has increased at around 20% annually, with over 1400 certified Passive House ‘units’ completed to date.
The Extinction Rebellion movement’s drawing of an unprecedented amount of mainstream media attention to climate change, and the UK government’s subsequent motion to declare a Climate Emergency have underlined the urgency of addressing carbon emissions.