The Scottish Government has set a world-leading climate change target date for net-zero emissions across all greenhouse gases by 2045, with the UK-wide target set at 2050. Our transition to a country of net-zero emissions will be for the benefit of our environment, our people, and our prosperity, and our contribution to climate change will end, definitively, within one generation.
Green Home Systems is committed to these goals and believes they can be achieved sustainably while also producing further benefits to society such as reducing fuel poverty and improving health. By increasing the energy efficiency of housing we can not only lower carbon emissions but also the cost of energy bills, and this improves the quality of our lives by creating warm, affordable and healthy homes.
The construction industry accounts for approximately 60% of all UK materials use and one third of all materials waste. Green Home Systems believes there is a significant opportunity to reduce waste through the use of ‘circular’ materials, including insulation made from recycled products, that will prevent unnecessary landfill and its negative environment impact.
Retrofitting existing homes to current energy efficiency standards can be difficult and requires a range of methods and systems to facilitate low energy consumption while remaining sympathetic to the original construction design. The primary components in our insulation systems are manufactured using 80% recycled post-consumer glass ‘cullet’, and we are committed to continuing to advance the use of circular materials within the construction industry. By choosing to install recycled materials we can create high performance housing with the minimum of environmental impact.
Fuel poverty occurs when, in order to heat the home to an adequate standard of warmth, a household needs to spend more than 10% of its total income on fuel. It is estimated that across the UK 6.9 million households live in fuel poverty and a total of 20.7 million homes fall below energy efficiency standards. Rising domestic energy costs cause particular problems for the health and well-being of the elderly, with many unable to afford to put their heating on. Living in a cold house increases the risk of flu, chest infections and other respiratory problems, all of which can be fatal.
Although fuel poverty is primarily associated with the elderly, it is an increasing problem for younger people and families who struggle to pay the rising costs of utility bills. By installing adequate levels of insulation and upgrading heating systems we can improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s housing stock, reduce the cost of utility bills and lift households out of fuel poverty. An energy efficient home can be heated adequately and affordably throughout the year and will help to maintain a healthy living environment for its occupants.
Established in 2014 we are very proud of our achievements to date, which include:
Cumulative impact of projects completed since 2014 using UK Government ECO and LBS (Lifetime Bill Saving) methodology calculations.