Autograph Supports Bristol 2030
30th November 2020
With Bristol setting the goal of becoming a net-zero carbon city by 2030, we're proud to be championing the building of new sustainable, low carbon homes in the city. Our developments at Midland Road and Viewpoint@Totterdown integrate forward-thinking sustainable technology with low carbon building methods to create properties that are built for the future, economical to own and a pleasure to call home.
It's estimated that human activity has caused at least 1°C of global warming since the industrial revolution, with the ice caps melting and extreme weather events becoming ever more frequent, the science on climate change is clear and urgent. We must all take action to prevent disastrous outcomes for humans and ecosystems across the planet.
Bristol has a strong history in delivering climate action; this was the UK's first city to develop a climate strategy in 2004, the first European Green Capital in 2015 and the UK's first council to declare a climate emergency in 2018. Bristol has been a leading voice in response to climate change in the UK, delivering on progressively more ambitious targets. Recently Bristol Environment Board, part of Bristol City Council, set out an ambitious framework to make Bristol a "carbon neutral and climate-resilient city by 2030".
The approach outlined by the environment board focuses on reducing reliance on fossil fuels as well as using the opportunity of transformation to tackle city-wide issues. By helping to reduce city inequalities, creating more green space, places for children to play, encouraging cleaner air, jobs and opportunities, Bristol can not only become carbon neutral but continue to thrive as a place to live and work during the process. As a Bristol-based business, we support this initiative wholeheartedly, and we're proud to be working on projects within the city that hold these issues at their core.
We've partnered Bath-based housing association Curo, to deliver 32 affordable homes at Midland Road, in the Old Market Quarter. This development will be one of the first to connect to the Bristol Heat Network. The heat network, also known as district heating, will join local energy centres, including biomass heat pumps and gas Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants, integrating the production of heat and electricity into a single process. Over time, and as new technologies become available, the network will move toward ever greener methods of heat production.
Referring to the development at Midland Road Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees said "Our heat network infrastructure is a fundamental part of being carbon neutral by 2030. I look forward to seeing these homes completed and I'm pleased that their future residents will benefit from greener and more affordable energy." Victor de Cunha, Chief Executive of Curo, praised the network connection of Midland Road saying: "For our residents, being part of the Bristol Heat Network will mean lower heating bills compared to a conventional boiler system. It's great to know that, as the city will increase its reliance on renewable energy over the coming years, these homes will be perfectly placed to take advantage of greener energy and contribute to achieving Bristol's carbon neutral commitment."
Heading south of the river Avon, but still just a stone's throw from the city centre, we're building Viewpoint@Totterdown in Bristol's brightest neighbourhood. This collection of three-bedroom townhouses and one or two-bedroom city apartments combine forward-thinking design with energy-efficient technologies that help to reduce energy costs radically.
For starters these properties are incredibly energy efficient, SAP A-rated for energy use and environmental impact, they come out in the top one percent of new-build homes, with energy requirements just 10% that of their Victorian built counterparts. We've chosen low carbon solutions from the ground up. Environmentally-sustainable timber frames and oversized thermally insulated windows create light and airy spaces, with a seamless thermal envelope, while also benefiting from increased solar gain. We've added in air source heat pumps that are energy-efficient and carbon-neutral when powered by 320W photovoltaic panels, plus internal fittings that are geared towards saving energy. Efficient lighting, zoned underfloor heating and smart controls all help efficiency.
A low carbon ethos runs through Viewpoint at every stage, from a greener construction approach, choosing local sustainable or recycled materials, to features that encourage a greener lifestyle. Electric car charging points are plentiful and extra cycle storage space will encourage residents to enjoy the UK's first cycling city on two wheels.
If you'd like you to find out more about our upcoming developments or our commitments to continue to build low carbon homes in the future, get in contact, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 3018161 to talk to our friendly team.