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I am really worried about climate change. Net Zero talks to us about its eco-friendly ethos and employing students

A booming regional business, which is leading the way in environmentally friendly schools and homes, has employed two former Cambridge Regional College students to train them in modern construction skills.

Net Zero, which prides itself in transforming the speed, cost and environmental impact of new buildings, is training two of our carpentry students so they earn while they learn.

The company, based at Six Mile Bottom, near Cambridge, is a rapid growth construction firm with its trademark of eco responsible super-kits.

Neil Smith, chief executive of Net Zero, said: “Taking on students who can be trained to work in modern building methods is perfect as they can grow with the business.

“We’re cracking the problem of climate change by developing new build systems that produce zero carbon emissions, cost nothing to heat and in some cases can generate enough power to also charge the family electric car.

“We want to build better. Globally, we have to find another way to use energy. Not only is fossil fuel energy the biggest culprit of global warming, but also it will not last forever.

“Our business is about staying current and relevant,” Neil said.

Our two former students are gaining valuable career experience with Net Zero to demonstrate their competence in modern multi-trade skills to achieve a National Vocational Qualification.

One of them is Luca Giove,19, of Cambridge, who joined having studied Level 2 carpentry.

Luca said: “It’s good being involved in a business that is leading the way in how buildings will be developed in the future.”

Such is the concern of the impact of new builds, that earlier this year the Government announced new developments must no longer use fossil fuel from 2025.

It means the uber-efficient, architecturally aesthetic builds, developed and built by Net Zero, will become crucial to the nation’s new housing stock.

Using architecturally designed solar power panels, that blend into the build design, inter seasonal heat stores and ground source pumps, the airtight units are a flagship for cost-effective eco excellence.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Neil is looking into the possibility of creating pop-up factories so that a school or home can be built from scratch and erected on site.

“We use a lot of tech to be better builders and are always looking at ways to improve what we do,” he said.

A traditional family home can currently be ordered, built in the factory and be ready to live in, within just five days, using a team of 20 men, but this involves transporting the completed components.

Having a pop-up factory on site would reduce the logistics of moving large pre built panels.

Neil concluded: “I’m really worried about climate change, everyone should be. It’s why we’ve developed – to have a big social and environmental impact on new buildings.”


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