His father is a traditional plasterer who handed down timeless knowledge of building techniques to his son, raised in the north of England. Daniel is a safe set of hands for any project; he is a student of ethics and professional behavior and a student of personal growth and sovereignty.
Daniel founded several firms and is a natural leader for vertically integrated enterprises. Sovereign single-source enterprises generate value from the business cycle rather than typical consulting, such as altering the use of a building or improving the yield of a plot of land. This extra value is unquestionably valued and outperforms more typical consulting and construction models that entail working with or against others. Daniel develops and provides the groundwork for a new company method, finding the increased value yield, the safe, harmonic value add, and exponential financial and energy rewards.
Daniel Roberts Newcastle is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying, a Postgraduate Certificate in Construction Law, an Advanced Diploma in Building, and a Certificate 4 in Construction Management. Daniel is a qualified site supervisor Builder who has worked on both residential and commercial projects.
Daniel is the creator of Quantus Solutions, a boutique multi-disciplinary constructor located in Newcastle, New South Wales, that focuses on research and development in the sustainable projects and building development sectors. Daniel is a real estate investor and developer who has worked on all stages of development, from idea to completion. Daniel provides consulting as well as hands-on involvement in a project. Daniel has a practical approach to issue solving and can find a solution to any project challenge at any level.
Daniel exudes autotomy and is laser-focused on solution-ordinated results. Daniel is a counselor and mentor to a broad spectrum of people, and he pushes for personal growth and Win-Win-Win solutions at all stages of a project.
A Spotlight on Carbon Capturing
When it comes to climate change, particularly the risk posed by unprecedented CO2 amplification into the atmosphere, even the most optimistic among us would agree that a 0.000001 percent chance of calamity is a risk not worth taking for the Earth ourselves, our loved ones present, and future. After all, as of now, we only have one home planet.
Elon Musk recently valued carbon at $50,000 per tonne. It announced a total prize fund of $100 million for anyone who can collect 1,000 tonnes of carbon within four years as part of his XPrize Carbon Capturing initiative, so perhaps it is time to assess the actual cost of our residential houses.
A typical new residential property contains around 70 tonnes of embodied CO2 in Australia, and new residential constructions total around 33,000 per year or a startling 2,310,000 tons yearly.
The reason for such a sizeable CO2 consequence is that the top eight “project house” builders dominate the new house residential market, producing low quality, high volume homes of comparable specification and cost. The emphasis of the construct is on speed vs. cost, and a high volume, low-profit perspective, drives the builds.
A typical 235m2 new residential home in Australia costs between $200k and $400k, and this is primarily delivered by the highly competitive residential building market, in which owners secure a parcel of land and then select an off-the-shelf design from a preferred builder, usually displaying their completed homes on exhibition. What is not publicized is that Australia’s average new residential property has an embedded CO2 footprint of 60 to 70 tonnes of CO2.
The amount of carbon emitted into the environment resulting from the production process for an item or product is referred to as embodied CO2. Concrete footings with polystyrene void former slabs, steel frames, metal roofs, plasterboard interior linings, and porcelain tiles are standard features of residential houses. A collection of elements that may appear harmless at first glance, but when we look at the CO2 implications for these materials, we see a different tale.
The quality of our inquiries affects the quality of our lives; perhaps it is time to reconsider how we approach and inquire about our new houses.
Can we live in a home that is both practical and inexpensive?
Daniel Roberts wants to address this issue. He has been a student of sustainable construction practices for over 18 years and has written research publications on embodied energy. Daniel Roberts, a Newcastle-based property developer, has led a small team of innovators in developing Australia’s first medium-scale, low-embodied CO2 houses, with ambitions to create opposing, carbon-capturing houses by the end of 2021.
Daniel and his colleagues intend to scale up their one-of-a-kind and innovative homes, which contain between zero and minus 20 tonnes of embodied CO2. A weight loss of more than 90 tons compared to the baseline set by the top eight home builders.
Daniel has over 18 years of expertise in residential and commercial building and believes that changing all new houses to zero carbon from their present form is very difficult. The top eight home builders manage the supply of approximately 22,000 new houses each year, with a business strategy centered on time and cost restrictions. Building teams operate on tight deadlines, and there is little room or reward for innovation in the area of embodied CO2; after all, why should a customer pay for innovation?
Innovation is for visionaries who can perceive what customers desire rather than what they buy. According to Daniel, there is no functional difference between a low embodied energy home and a hazardous CO2 gas house. Indeed, low embodied energy dwellings are of higher quality, with softer and more lasting finishes. More natural tones and functionalities provide a safer, greener, and more appealing environment.
Exposed wooden linings, permeable monolithic hemp facades, reclaimed lumber, natural stone, and saunas are standard features of a carbon-capturing home. With over 18 years of expertise, Daniel understands that the way of approach impacts the outcome of any construction. Daniel claims that the figures speak for themselves and that he has a strategy for the next four years that will make Elon Musk’s ambitious goal appear simple.
Daniel believes that lack of competition is the key to success; when you start from scratch, it is simple to do it properly. There are no winners when we move the value from $ to CO2 implication till the situation is fixed. Daniel urges all builders to be brave and face the challenge of converting their projects to be sustainable, low, or decreased CO2 projects. Everyone benefits when the paradigm shifts.
Daniel suggests that one of the main reasons for the top eight house builders’ high CO2 emissions is a lack of focus on the implications of their products. Their builds are toxic, but the materials are well documented, and they have a list of dangerous and toxic materials, registers, and procedures. The answer appears to be the absence of the problem; if we do not load our new houses with poison during construction, they will be clean. Unfortunately, when our values are upside down, and we feel that time equals money, we lose sight of the consequences of our actions.
Daniel claims that he expects to capture more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon alongside his team of entrepreneurs and investors throughout the following three projects, which are expected to occur between 2021 and 2025. Daniel is betting on success and believes he is establishing a new carbon-capturing property market, houses that are unrivaled, clean, and free of the deadly implications of the CO2 dice with which we are all aware.
Daniel says that his house has indoor grow gardens, intelligent landscapes with vertical grow beds, and indoor landscapes. Our houses seek to be an example to other Australian builders; Daniels residences are open for inspection, a functioning template, and an example for others to grasp the ease of a low and negative CO2 future.
When it comes to epistemology, Daniel believes that if everyone’s needs and the planets are not satisfied, we all lose. Daniel feels that it is time for the sector to band together and work on clean, sustainable, and low-impact housing.