I'm a Passivhaus designer and this is how to reduce your carbon footprint when building

A modern home with open bifold doors leading out to a composite decking
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

As an architect and a Passivhaus designer, I am often asked about how to reduce your carbon footprint when building. It’s a great question, and one that I’m passionate about answering.

In this article, I'll provide an overview of what 'carbon impact' means in the context of building or renovating a home, and why it’s important to consider your carbon footprint at every stage of the building process. I'll also be sharing my top tips for self-builders looking to reduce their own environmental impact. 

Tara Gbolade

Tara is a Passivhaus designer and co-founder of architectural practice Gbolade Design Studio and won the RIBA Rising Star Award in 2018.

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