We are excited to announce the release of the Folkestone and Hythe District Council’s collaborative effort with Kent County Council – the Net Zero Carbon Toolkit for New Builds and Retrofits. This practical, user-friendly guide is now available to the public and aims to provide invaluable support for planning net zero development projects.
Last year, in partnership with Etude and Introba, we worked on a project to create a net zero toolkit that incorporates industry best practice design guidance in achieving Net Zero Carbon. This comprehensive toolkit is aimed at homeowners, small to medium-sized house builders, architects, contractors, self-builders, and consultants, covering every step from pre-planning to construction using the RIBA plan of works and planning permission processes.
This guide was made possible through the generous funding from Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s Climate Change reserve fund and Homes England. It takes inspiration from ongoing work on proposed developments within the Folkestone & Hythe District.
The toolkit is a non-statutory document developed with joint funding from Homes England. It may not be a legal requirement, but implementing the measures outlined within it will help deliver net zero, environmentally friendly developments that align with the Council’s cross-cutting priorities as outlined in their Corporate Plan and Low Carbon Action Plan. It will also play a pivotal role in supporting the Council’s future review of the Local Plan, acting as an evidence base document to facilitate more ambitious climate change policies.
The Net Zero Carbon Toolkit consists of three parts:
This valuable resource represents a significant step towards a greener, more sustainable future. The guides are now available for download on the Folkestone & Hythe District Council website.