ABOUT THE LEARNING ZONE
The material contained within this Learning Zone offers guidance on how to design, construct and manage dwellings that are capable of achieving very low carbon emissions. It focusses on three of the basic principles that underpin low and zero carbon housing. These are:
Over the last decade, the Buildings, Energy & Sustainability Group at Leeds Metropolitan University has gained a nationally recognized reputation for undertaking applied and theoretical research and consultancy work in the field of energy efficient housing, and the findings of recent work undertaken by the Group has highlighted that designers, constructors and developers are failing to construct new housing that meets the notional designed energy performance and carbon emission targets. Over the same time period, members of the AECB, the sustainable building association have been involved in designing, constructing and managing low energy and low carbon dwellings.
The Learning Zone brings together the wealth of knowledge and expertise of these two organisations on the design and constructional issues that influence the energy and carbon emissions attributable to dwellings. It will be of interest to those responsible for designing, constructing and managing dwellings; and of particular interest to those committed to developing low carbon solutions, meeting higher levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes or aiming for the 2016 Zero Carbon Homes target.
Although the Low Carbon Housing Learning Zone will concentrate principally on issues related to housing, a number of the resources incorporated within the zone will also be equally applicable to non-domestic buildings.
All of the material incorporated within this site will be developed collaboratively by the Buildings Energy & Sustainability Group at Leeds Metropolitan University and members of the AECB.
Johnston, D. Miles-Shenton, D. Bell, M. Reason, L. and Herring, C. (2008) Low Carbon Housing Learning Zone. Deliverable 2 – Scoping Report. A Report to the Construction Knowledge Exchange. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds.
Johnston, D. (2007) Low Carbon Housing Learning Zone. Deliverable 1 – Memorandum of Collaboration. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds.