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'This is the Everest of zero carbon' - inside York's green home revolution

04.10.2020
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The city plans to build Britain's biggest zero-carbon housing project, boasting 600 homes in car-free cycling paradises full of fruit trees and allotments. When will the rest of the UK catch up? Joseph Rowntree, Yorkshire's chocolatier-philanthropist, had a dream. He wanted to build "improved houses" for working people and, in 1902, revealed his plans for the experimental village of New Earswick, on the edge of York. The village would make the most of the existing natural landscape, setting little terraces of arts and crafts houses along streets edged with grass verges. Not only would their interiors would be flooded with fresh air, natural light and "a cheerful outlook", they would also have the modern luxury of indoor loos. Designed by garden city doyens Raymond Unwin and Barry Parker, the development went on to inspire the national Homes Fit for Heroes programme after the first world war, paving the way for the birth of council housing.More than a century on, York is set to break the mould once again. Plans have just been submitted for the first stage of arguably the UK's most ambitious council-led housing programme in a generation. The city is planning to build at least 600 homes across eight sites within the ring road, each designed to have a net carbon emissions figure of zero. Every element of the scheme, from the front door out into the transport network, is tuned to tackle the climate emergency head on. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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