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Citu Unveils Highly Energy Efficient Timber Frame Housing System
Urban developer Citu has unveiled its latest timber framing housing system, a process based on a Scandinavian design of medium density housing that is up to ten times more energy efficient than standard homes here in the UK.
According to the company, if the 300,000 new properties the government has pledged to build each year were manufactured using this Citu Home design, carbon emissions in the country would be reduced by over 500 million tonnes when compared to more conventional methods of construction, edie reports.
Citu has said that these production practices can reduce construction carbon footprints by 24,000 tonnes each year. Homes are now due to be built on site at the firm’s Climate Innovation District in Leeds, which is the first low-carbon neighbourhood here in the UK, with completion expected to be next year.
“The self-build market has been able to design energy-efficient homes for a while now, but no one is doing it on a mass scale and without a big change, the UK is not going to meet its ambitious targets for either new housing or reducing carbon emissions. We want to disrupt the construction industry, which has fallen behind other sectors in terms of innovation and productivity,” founder of Citu Chris Thompson said.
The Citu Manufacturing arm of the company can apparently produce hundreds of these kinds of homes each year, made to the highest environmental standards while reducing the construction process’s carbon footprint. The energy-efficient timber frame that’s been developed can save nearly one tonne of carbon dioxide per cubic metre of material compared to traditional building materials.
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