The Work

Making buildings energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies.

The Zero Carbon principle is about making the buildings we live and work in more energy efficient and carbon neutral. It is using the energy hierarchy to coordinate activity that will reduce energy demand in buildings, use energy efficiently and to power and heat our buildings using a combination of on and off site renewable energy, using fossil fuels only as back up.

Making new buildings energy efficient and carbon-free is the low-hanging fruit – 87% of existing buildings will still be here in 2050, and in Brighton and Hove we have a high proportion of pre-war properties which are traditionally considered the hardest to treat. Zero-Carbon means finding solutions to these challenges, by retrofitting our properties, adopting green-engineering approaches, and ultimately developing a new type of National Grid.

To see commissioned photographer Jason Larkin’s response to this category click here.

  • Mischa Hewitt Photo by: Mischa Hewitt
    Earthship Brighton - off grid education centre
  • Annette Radford Photo by: Annette Radford
    O-zone not a sooty smut in sight!
  • Lesley Taylor Photo by: Lesley Taylor
    Arabian Tent
  • Edward Thomas Photo by: Edward Thomas
    People & Birds Enjoying Hove Beach at Low Tide. "Zero Carbon"
  • Lyndsey Haskell Photo by: Lyndsey Haskell
    Low carbon lunch Freshly laid
  • Les Gunbie Photo by: Les Gunbie
    Old Tree Brewers at Silo
  • Antonios Kotsonias Photo by: Antonios Kotsonias
    Zero Carbon Activity
  • Robin Hilier Photo by: Robin Hilier
    New solar installation
  • Rich Howorth Photo by: Rich Howorth
    Sun Seeker
  • Maga Esberg Photo by: Maga Esberg
    South Downs Way
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Public submissions responding to the ten sustainability principles of One Planet Living.