Housebuilder unveils plan to reduce emissions by 2030

Countryside has put moving production over to modern methods of construction at the heart of a new ‘net zero’ strategy for the business.

In plans unveiled earlier this week, the housebuilder said it is aiming to reduce the direct and indirect emissions of the company by 42% by 2030, while reducing indirect emissions from its supply chain and home-users by 52% in the same timeframe.

Countryside Properties MMC factory, Warrington

Countryside opened a new offsite factory in Leicestershire over the summer, adding to its existing plant in Warrington (pictured)

The firm said the pledges had been ratified by the Science-Based Targets Institute as being consistent with the need to keep global warming to within 1.5 degrees of historic temperatures.

With Countryside finding that 98% of emissions from its operations come from its supply chain and the use of its homes – so called Scope 3 emissions – it said its strategy will target both fabric efficiency in its home designs and the continued expansion of low-carbon timber-frame modular construction.

Countryside said 18% of its emissions are embodied in the construction materials it uses and that a move over to timber frame construction, away from concrete and steel, will reduce embodied carbon by 40% by 2025.

The firm has already invested £6m in a manufacturing facility at Warrington which produces fully formed, closed panel timber frame homes, and a new £20m timber modular factory in Bardon, Leicestershire, opened this summer.

The firm has set a target that 50% of all of its homes are to be built using MMC by 2025, at which point it will have produced 20,000 homes this way.

Countryside said it will also reduce carbon emissions from its homes in use by 75% by 2025 through building with greater fabric efficiency and using triple glazing and heat pumps in new homes.