BBC Radio 4 - A Greener Home For All

BBC Radio 4 - A Greener Home For All

QED Sustainable Urban Developments were interviewed as part of BBC Radio 4’s fantastic series, Costing the Earth. In the latest episode Tom Heap explores how we can achieve the Government’s target of 300,000 new homes in a sustainable way. We spoke with Tom at Meath Court, Hope Gardens to discuss meanwhile use and our short-term strategy and solutions to providing sustainable accommodation to meet an immediate need.

A Greener Home For All

Our homes and their construction have a huge impact on the environment. The construction industry is estimated to contribute to 40% of worldwide energy use and in the UK alone the building sector uses more than 400 million tons of material a year, many of which have an adverse impact on the environment. Added to this is the impact on local air quality and green spaces and the energy used in heating, lighting and even furnishing new homes.

The government has set a target of 300,000 new homes a year to help solve the growing housing crisis but this figure is nearly double the current rate of building. So is there anyway we can solve the housing crisis without nearly doubling our emissions? Tom Heap sets out to find out where, what and how we could build affordable and green homes for all.

Listen to the full episode here