LEADING THE INDUSTRY
Thakeham is taking a highly proactive approach in responding to the climate crisis, setting ourselves challenging targets. Our commitment to Net Zero covers all areas within our responsibility and with each of them, reducing our emissions as close as possible to zero is our priority. The remaining carbon emissions will be offset in line with our approach to offsetting to achieve real, measurable, and long-lasting results in projects that match Thakeham’s values. Thakeham is working with a range of industry experts and partnering with organisations with a long history of championing meaningful change, which puts us in the position of leading the industry and demonstrating the art of the possible.
ZERO CARBON IN LIFETIME OPERATION
From 2025, every Thakeham home will be zero carbon in lifetime operation. This means that the amount of carbon emissions associated with the building’s operational/regulated energy on an annual basis is zero or negative. A net zero carbon building is highly energy efficient and powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources. Smart home solutions are delivered in a way that consumers find intuitive and convenient, to enhance their lifestyles while also saving them money and reducing their carbon footprint. We are technology-driven, looking to implement battery storage systems, at a domestic and community level, supplied by both mains electricity and renewable technology which can power the home when needed, diverted to supply the electric vehicle charge point at the front of the house, or stored to relieve pressure on the power grid at times of high demand. Our approach to delivering zero carbon homes far in advance of government targets is why we are part of the core group in the HBF’s Future Homes Taskforce, leading the industry quest for zero carbon placemaking.
Carbon Neutral in Production
We have committed that from 2025, every Thakeham home will be carbon neutral in production, defined as when the amount of carbon emissions associated with a building’s embodied carbon including material production, transportation, construction and disposal, are zero or negative. This methodology is covered by the RICS Professional Statement ‘Whole life carbon assessment for the built environment’ stages A1-A5 scope for embodied carbon to practical completion, where we will be initially focusing on substructure, superstructure and façade which have the highest contribution to the whole life carbon of homes. We will achieve reductions in carbon emissions through making informed product choices, reducing waste and transportation, stakeholder engagement to improve the availability of sustainable materials, and investments in business transformation. Thakeham’s leading position in this area is why we have been appointed to represent housebuilders as part of the UK Green Building Council’s Whole Life Carbon Roadmap Task Group.
Net Zero Business
The Thakeham Group has committed be a net zero carbon business by 2025. This commitment includes the emissions from our business, including our business travel and energy use in our offices. To achieve this, we have already improved the energy efficiency of our offices with LED lighting and are on renewable energy tariffs. To reduce business travel emissions, we have upgraded our conference facilities to reduce the need to travel, joined the Cycle To Work scheme, adding in showers and lockers for active commuters, as well as installing charging points in the car park. As part of our commitment, we were the first UK Housebuilder on the SME Climate Hub to join the UN’s Race To Zero campaign.