Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of our vision for Elephant Park, which is one of only 18 global projects in a flagship programme of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) that is taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the world’s megacities.

The C40 Climate Positive Development programme was created in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative and challenges the world’s greenest major urban regeneration projects to become models for the large-scale cityscapes of the future. We have developed a plan to make the Elephant & Castle regeneration ‘Climate Positive’ by the year 2020. The plan looks at how we will use innovation, technology and a commitment to nature and effective management of resources not just in our homes but in the wider community as well.

For example, the ‘healthy homes’ in Elephant Park have large windows and filtered ventilation systems designed from the inside out to maximise fresh air and natural light and, ultimately, to improve residents’ health. Each home will be constructed from a range of non-toxic and energy-efficient materials, including timber flooring sourced from suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and paints that are very low in volatile organic compounds. One new paint that is currently being tested even removes harmful toxins from the air through its photocatalytic properties.

Within the development, we've had some bright ideas around ways to make all the lighting as energy efficient as possible. For instance, the solar energy we collect from photovoltaic panels on building roofs will also help to power some of the energy efficient lighting in the communal areas. What's more, we're leading the way by partnering with a lighting manufacturer to roll out the latest super-energy effiicient LED lighting across the whole of Elephant Park.

Recessed LED downlights, high-performance dual-flush toilets and efficient-flow shower heads are just some of the energy-saving interior features you’ll find in each home. By meeting the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, all homes will be 30% more energy efficient than current regulations require. They will also let you use 30% less water than the average London home.

In the Hub

We explore the capital’s thriving bike culture and highlight the best places to cycle to, all 20 minutes from Elephant Park.