There doesn’t seem to be a week go by now where there is not another significant weather or climate event. Whether its severe flooding, the warmest month or year on record, severe storms, or droughts. There is little doubt that this is caused by climate change. And, there is little doubt that increased CO2 emissions play a significant role. I found this image, which pretty much sums up the current position.
In the UK, buildings account for around 43% of the national carbon emissions. The urgency of addressing climate change, and general lack of awareness is staggering. It amazes me how really poor and wasteful UK houses are. It is dreadful to watch the heat (and CO2) haemorrhaging through doors, windows, walls and roofs. And power stations chocking the atmosphere trying to keep up. It is shocking that the technology exists to almost eliminate this waste, but the UK is decades behind much of the world in using this technology.
We have long been advocates of sustainable living, our own ethical values have led us on a path to try to do something positive to help. As parents, we want to leave the world a little better, however small, for our children. For these reasons, and after much research, planning, design and searching we have started a journey to, hopefully, build the first sustainable home in Merton.