So what exactly does ‘zero carbon’ mean? Well, here it is in a nutshell and if you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to ask: we don’t want to bombard people but we’re proud to be green to the highest degree.
We operate according to the Code for Sustainable Homes and we are assessed according to this code in order to demonstrate that we are zero carbon and truly environmentally friendly. The code is graded in six levels and the Emerald is certified as Code Six, the highest possible grading and the very first tourist accommodation in the UK to achieve this rating.The code covers nine categories to measure sustainability:
- Energy and CO2 Emissions
- Surface Water Run-Off
- Health & Well-being
To score the highest rating possible, we have to gain points consistently across these categories and earn 90% to be considered ‘Zero Carbon’. The Emerald currently stands at 92%. How have we done this? We generate our own electricity, we produce our own safe water supply, we have very high levels of insulation, we utilise recycled materials, we recycle our waste, we plant native trees (over 100) and we have reduced the energy consumption of the Emerald by over 90%.