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April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 169

A EU Directive has set a target for all European Union Countries to achieve zero carbon for all new public buildings (including school classrooms and school nursery buildings) to be zero carbon by 2018. The very near future already promises a World without Energy Bills - and its hard to see a downside to this, so the UK Government has set targets for all new public buildings to be zero carbon by 2016. The Welsh Government is hoping to achieve this by 2014! Sustainable buildings, especially timber buildings which provide good pressure test results and low energy heating as standard can achieve this economically as well.

Who needs to seek out Zero Carbon Buildings?

  1. If you are starting to plan a new sustainable school building or timber nursery building, you need to consider if your project has to meet these objectives by the time it reaches fruition. All Public buildings need to meet these objectives by 2016 (England) or 2014 (Wales)
  2. If you plan on completing your project prior to these dates, then it is surely just good practice and good economic sense to seek out a zero carbon building.
  3. If you are in a rural area and reliant on fossil fuels such as LPG and Oil no doubt you are already suffering from the increased cost and will see the idea of Zero Carbon replacement as an absolute necessity. When working out if you can afford the cost of a replacement building, don't forget that all that money saved on energy for the building will be coming back into your budget.
  4. Schools have relied on portable modular cabins for extra space over the years. These can often be poorly insulated and therefore expensive to run. Replacement with a sustainable building should be considered. In today's market, sustainable alternatives are now available which offer fast construction, attractive finishes, economical prices, sustainable materials and most importantly zero-carbon or carbon positive energy use to comply with the EU Directive.

Well designed Sustainable Timber Buildings - specifically Machine Profile Log Buildings, have many inherent advantages when it comes to achieving Zero Carbon and require very little in the way of additional cost to become Carbon Positive ie; they will generate more energy than they consume. Already, these buildings are demonstrating excellent air pressure test results. They have very high energy ratings on windows and doors excellent U Value ratings to walls, floor and roof all combining to ensure minimal heat loss. A report on this subject confirms that they are little more than a solar panel away from becoming Carbon Positive. This is based on wattage of energy used against energy generated and is NOT dependent on the higher FiT rates!

Sustainable MPL Timber Buildings have achieved Pressure test results as low as 3.24 m3/hr at There is still potential for improving these figures. When such an efficient building is combined with an efficient lighting and heating system energy consumption is minimised. However with the addition of an array of power generating Thermodynamic Solar Panels, not only is Carbon Zero achieved - but Carbon Positive!

This means that the proud owners of one of these Sustainable MPL Buildings can enjoy their heating and cooling systems without the worry about the bills!

Cabinco Ltd design and construct zero carbon commercial timber buildings for educational and private sector in the UK. Our timber buildings are designed to your individual requirements and include a choice of eco-friendly features like rainwater harvesting systems, living roof systems, acoustic management, recycled insulation, roof lights, sun tunnels and more. Visit for more details.

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