Originally posted on Charlie Laing Project Management:

What do you mean, you want a zero carbon building?!

You might think it is going to be difficult to get to zero carbon, but technically it can be done quite easily.

The right mix of insulations, managing passive solar gain, heat recovery and renewable energy will do it.

But, pause a little, let’s first examine what is really meant by zero carbon. Why zero and when will it be achieved?

A few facts to bear in mind:

A typical UK home uses 3300 kWh of electricity and around 16,500 kWh of gas (figures from OFGEM).

Based on average grid electricity using natural gas this results in 1650 kg CO2 from the generation of electricity and 3135 kg CO2 from the burning of gas. These are very high figures and we need to do reduce them.

In fact, the UK’s aim is to reduce all CO2 emissions by 80%…

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About Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is a renowned expert in waste management, renewable energy and sustainable development. He is the Founder of EcoMENA, a Doha-based organization meant to promote sustainable development and create environmental awareness in MENA countries. Salman possesses Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh, India) and has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects, mainly in the areas of biogas technology, biomass energy, waste-to-energy and solid waste management. Salman is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on clean energy technologies and waste management systems through his websites, blogs and articles. He has participated in various international conferences as session chair, keynote speaker and panelist. Salman is a prolific writer and has authored numerous articles in reputed journals, magazines and newsletters on renewable energy and environmental issues. He is based in India and can be reached at salman@bioenergyconsult.com or salman@ecomena.org

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