Ealing’s green homes will give residents a healthier, more sustainable and cost-effective home for the future. That was one of the key messages from Ealing In London and Greystar’s webinar chaired by Pat Brown, the Director of the Centre for London, with Hill and HTA at last month’s Real Estate Live week.
Jo Mortensen, Ealing Council’s Climate Action programme manager introduced Ealing’s pioneering economic recovery strategy, ‘Greenprint’, which lays the foundations on what a future economic growth strategy might look and feel like for the borough. In January 2021, Ealing Council adopted its Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy (CEES) with the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.
Jo explained how, having led the West London boroughs’ bid to secure a £4.8million Green Homes Grant from government, the borough is now looking to implement retrofit programmes, deliver green infrastructure and low/zero carbon buildings and invest in active travel. Jo pointed out that retrofitting will also help create new employment opportunities for the west London economy.
“Homes represent 40% of carbon emissions in the borough right now …so more sustainable homes can help mitigate climate change and improve residents’ health by retrofitting them to a high standard,” she said.
Philip Browne, Housing development director and of Ealing Council’s wholly owned housing company Broadway Living, introduced BL’s interim development guide which has a focus on Passivhaus standards and the key themes of sustainability, healthy and affordable homes. Philip said, “In delivering our (housing) programme we want to focus on meeting as many of these key themes as possible”. You can view the BL development guide by clicking here.
Paul Fanning, Greystar development director, which is developing Greenford Quay discussed the flexible, sustainable and green elements of the development. Paul explained that the site has 26,000 acres of landscaped areas, and an energy centre and a heating system below the central square which has been landscaped over – helping to maximise land use. Commenting on Greenford Quay’s off -site modular construction, Paul said it had allowed, “less traffic and less workers on site helping to reduce social contact and reducing C02 emissions. We’ve worked out the building of Tillermans Court has helped save 26,000 tonnes of CO2 over the building’s life time, equivalent to planning 200,000 trees.”
To listen to the full webinar please click here.
The panel were also joined by:
- Emma Fletcher, Director, Hill
- Richard Foley, Director, HTA Design