Innovative Technologies for Energy and Waste
How will Dunsfold Park promote a sustainable lifestyle?
Dunsfold Park will have outstanding sustainability credentials. The combined residential village and business park will foster a sustainable way of living and working. They offer the critical mass to include sustainable features in construction techniques, energy conservation and energy production, and to reduce reliance on mains utilities. Environmental initiatives have already seen the development of a solar farm, which secured Dunsfold Park’s place in history as the first business park in the UK to be fed substantially by green energy, and the new anaerobic digestion plant, which produces biomethane and could, in future, generate electricity for our tenants.
Planning for technological change by removing fossil fuels
The new homes will aim to use as much clean, renewable electricity as possible as their energy source instead of gas or oil.
Diverting all non-hazardous construction and domestic waste from landfill
The development will minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill through construction and over its lifetime. Existing materials on site, such as the runway, will be used to construct the roads on the new development. This in itself will save some 1,000,000 miles of HGV traffic on the wider road network.
Future proofing against climate change
The development will be designed to meet climate change scenarios of higher temperatures and increased rainfall. Homes will have natural ventilation and shading as necessary to maintain good comfort levels.
Anticipating the forthcoming Future Homes Standard
The new homes are likely to incorporate high levels of fabric efficiency of 15 kWh/ m2/yr, which means the homes will require little or no heating to be comfortable. The homes will aim to meet stringent targets for energy and water consumption (105l/p/day), in advance of increased national standards.
Prioritising on-site environmental performance and minimising off-site impacts
The existing Solar Farm and Anaerobic Digester will be joined by a new surface water attenuation system – all helping to reduce reliance on mains utilities.