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Earth-Friendly Homes of the Future with Martin Valentine
Episode 228th October 2022 • Low Carbon Business Podcast • University Of Derby
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For decades, the housebuilding sector has given us poorly built houses that are costly to heat and emit high levels of carbon dioxide. Under new government regulations, newbuild homes must produce around 30% less CO2, so we need more innovation in the sector. Positive Homes build energy-efficient, affordable houses and seek to innovate in every area – design, foundations, building fabric, fit out, energy generation, surfacing materials and the environment. 

Their commitment to research helps them develop better ways to build and heat our homes. Managing Director Martin Valentine spoke to us about their commitment to new methods of building and the positive steps they’re taking to improve the future of housing.

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About the Hosts

Fred Paterson

Fred Paterson is Associate Professor for Sustainable Business at University of Derby Business School and leads the Low Carbon Business Network which offers business support to pro-environmental SMEs across the East Midlands. He has responsibility for the Sustainable Business and Clean Growth research group which strives to develop robust, applied, impactful and place-based research and knowledge exchange. Fred also led the Derbyshire Net Zero Accelerator and DE-Carbonise Smart Factory project between 2016-2022.

Jonny Prest

Jonny Prest is a brand strategist who helps solve problems, unite teams and drive brands forward. By encouraging leaders across the globe to think about and act upon the most important things within their organisations, he explore new ideas and innovates. From environmental to social, his role is to help leaders build brand and communication strategies with purpose. He specialises in enlightened brand strategy. It's brand building with a conscience: remodelling brands to leverage skills and resources for the protection of our planet and its people.

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