Hi Spec Décor are delighted to announce that they are the first commercial decorating company in the UK to secure a 3 year contract for Citu’s first development project in Leeds creating eco-friendly homes for buyers in the city centre for Leeds new Climate Innovation district that is planned to make the city a cleaner, more eco-friendly city to bring up a family and work in. 

 

In the spirit of the project Hi-Spec Décor will be using specialised eco-friendly paint on all of the decorating projects that we undertake on behalf of Citu’s scheme. We hope that this becomes the blueprint for future house building and look forward to delivering our expertise on this scheme and reproducing nationwide when that’s possible. 

 

Housing Standards; Sustainability Approach. 

 

Sustainable development is only successful when the relationship between people’s well-being and the environment is considered. 

 

The Earth is the one thing we all have in common; it’s our home and it’s not a commodity. 

 

With red flags continuing to rise around climate change, people are becoming aware of the importance not only to the individual but the environment too when choosing to live a more sustainable and conscious lifestyle. It’s important to evaluate the roles we play both individually and as corporations when it comes to redesigning a sustainable future. 

 

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” 

 

A 2012 UN report estimates a 2 billion increase in global population by 2040. Demands for resources are rising exponentially. With natural resources depleting 50% faster than the planet can renew, driving change has become our responsibility in which we need to maintain a momentum of.  

 

UN statistics present a demand for sustainable housing. With conventional buildings consuming a huge 40% of our global energy it’s imperative to reevaluate our current construction methods and consider using a more eco friendly manufacturing approach.  

 

“We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” – Winston Churchill. 

 

Timber is one of the few natural resources in which grows faster than it is used. It encompasses many advantages which prove not only to be pleasing to the eye but the environment and budget too and when implemented into your home design can produce stunning quality. When compared with brick, concrete and stone, timber is a non-toxic natural resource which stores carbon and prevents any risk of leaking chemicals into the building. This ecological material is a natural insulator which can drastically reduce energy consumption and save considerate amounts on energy bills. Research has shown up to 70% of all new houses built worldwide use a timber structure and in the UK only 25%, with pressures rising for our future; it’s time the shift for sustainability comes home. 

 

Each year up to 222.9 million tons of waste goes to landfill and the construction sector are held responsible for 59% of that number. In addition to polluting the land and air, the transportation required to dispose such waste has a huge impact on the environment as well.  

 

Consumers have an individual responsibility to vote with their pound by increasing the demand for businesses to become more eco aware,  which in turn will have a snowball effect and encourage the  

shift required to reevaluate our current ways of living and consuming. 

 

Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air – Environmental Protection Agency. 

 

With the growing reputation for sustainable movement throughout the trade industry, this development is possible to achieve. With the bewildering array of eco products now available there comes no compromise on quality. Affective, efficient and affordable these water based ingredients allow for a breathable home with a stunning coverage. With conventional paints consisting of chemicals like methylene chloride, xylene, ethyl acetate, toluene, formaldehyde and glycol, it comes as no surprise that ‘our household air pollution is one of the worlds greatest environmental health risks’ according to the World Health Organisation. 

 

Gaining incredible insights working alongside Citu, who have began challenging convention with their transformational Climate Innovation District project. We believe it’s fair to say the construction and demolition industry contributes massively towards climate change, despite this playing a negative role for too long; advancements in construction technology allow us to adopt alternative means in which cover all aspects when evolving into a more sustainable culture. With the aim of radically reducing carbon footprint by transforming high polluted cities into zero carbon communities, Citu are ahead of the game. 

 

More on the Climate Innovation District here