A Net Zero Toolkit for homes

The Passivhaus Trust, Levitt Bernstein, Elementa Consulting and Etude collaborated to produce a Net Zero Toolkit for West Oxfordshire District Council, Cotswold District Council and Forest of Dean District Council. The Toolkit was funded through the Local Government Association (LGA) Housing Advisers Programme.

The Toolkit can be used by local authorities to achieve net zero carbon homes. With kind agreement from the Councils who commissioned the work we are able to share the Toolkit and material for use by others under a Creative Commons license.

The section headings of the net zero toolkit

Who is the Net Zero Toolkit for?

Pulling on latest guidance and best practice, the Net Zero Carbon Toolkit is a practical, easy to follow guide to help plan a net zero housing project.

Aimed at small or medium-sized house builders, architects, self-builders and consultants, the toolkit covers a range of steps – from pre-planning right through to construction – for delivering net-zero carbon, low-energy homes.

The toolkit also provides homeowners looking to retrofit or extend their existing property guidance. It gives advice on what they need to consider and how they can implement energy efficiency measures to begin the process of decarbonising their homes in a more affordable, phased approach.

Implementing the measures laid out in the new toolkit will help reduce the carbon footprint of new and existing buildings. Making significant reductions to a home’s carbon emissions also means lower energy bills for homeowners, more people out of fuel poverty and homes that are comfortable and healthier to live in.

How can others use the Net Zero Toolkit?

Achieving the UK’s legally binding net zero target requires organisations to work together, share experiences and build on best practice.

To help others reach net zero and to speed up the UK’s collective response to the climate emergency, the Net Zero Carbon Toolkit is openly available as a resource for private and public sector organisations to use and adopt under a Creative Commons license. Further information about how the toolkit may be used is listed on page 2 of the document. Download the Net Zero Toolkit