Sustainability at Acorn
Protecting the environment is a subject that Acorn Property Group is passionate about, especially as we are all seeing the ever-increasing detrimental impact of climate change across the world.
We are continually exploring how we can move nearer towards our zero-carbon goal and the introduction of our Acorn Green initiative represents our unique holistic approach to carbon reduction as well as our commitment to the implementation of the best design and technologies for long-term sustainable housing in communities.
Our vision is to ensure that everything we do has a positive impact and contribution to the local surroundings, creating a true sense of place and an inclusive community where residents and nature can grow and flourish long after we complete our role in the building of the scheme.
The majority of our schemes are on brownfield sites (land that has had a previous use) and where possible, we convert existing buildings rather than demolishing and building new structures. By doing this we preserve the building’s embodied energy, decreasing primary energy use and, therefore CO2 emissions. It also minimises disruption to the local community, reduces pollution and ensures the best use of natural resources and so this is something we will always continue to do.
Our road to zero-carbon
Creating sustainable new homes and buildings has long been our focus. The majority of our schemes are on brownfield sites (land that has had a previous use) and where possible, we convert existing buildings rather than demolishing and building new structures. By doing this we preserve the building’s embodied energy, decreasing primary energy use and, therefore CO2 emissions.
Our operational office’s carbon footprint for 2019/20 was calculated to be 200tCO2.
Through carbon offset natural solutions provider, Wanderlands, we planted 1,268 trees - 1,140 on Paradise HIll in Croscombe, and 128 at Winford Rocks to help with future offsetting alongside decreasing our future carbon footprint.
Via Wanderlands, we purchased 102 credits through a scheme that plants biodiverse forests in Panama through the Gold Standard, based on the output of our 2021 carbon audit.
We achieved operational carbon neutral status for 2021 of scope 1 and 2 emissions
Our operational office’s carbon footprint scope 1 and 2 emissions for 2022 is currently being calculated.
All new-build homes constructed from 2023 must have an EPC rating of A or B.
Acorn will no longer use gas in new homes on the commencement of new developments from August 2023 with heat instead being supplied by a heat pump (air / ground / water).
All new homes with planning granted after summer 2023 will be operationally zero carbon.
Introducing Acorn Green
Acorn Green represents our commitment to the implementation of the best possible design and technologies to further drive down the carbon footprint of our homes, moving towards long-term sustainable housing in communities. As we have always done, each development we design and build is looked at on its own merits. There is no standard layout or design and this approach also applies to sustainability. As technology evolves, so do our homes. The way in which we live is constantly changing and Acorn’s innovative thinking ensures we can respond in a proactive way.
Our collaborators and partners
At Acorn Property Group, we value our commitment to sustainability. We are proud to partner with the following organizations to help us achieve our sustainability goals
We have proudly partnered with Wanderlands to reduce our core and residual carbon footprint. Everything we do creates a carbon footprint, and Wanderlands will assess this and help us design and implement sustainable offset solutions.
Suppliers of Passivhaus certified high performance design-led window and door systems which enhance thermal efficiency, soundproof and security. The residual materials from the production process are collected and recycled. They continue to further develop their materials. Operational waste heat is used from their processes to provide heating for their factories and offices and their hot water is produced from solar energy.
A household name in paint manufacturers with a 200-year history. After surpassing their electricity reduction target, they have been setting measured targets to reduce their water usage and Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Pioneering manufacturers of energy efficient heating and hot water solutions and Acorn’s sole supplier of Air Source Heat Pumps. Creators of the combi boiler, they provided a space saving solution for smaller homes, their condensing boiler contributed hugely to increasing efficiency, lowering fuel bills, and saving millions of tonnes of carbon per year. Ever evolving, they are now working with the Government at the forefront of the development and introduction of hydrogen boilers and carbon free heating.
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