Willmott Dixon to build zero-carbon homes

Aaron Morby 14 years ago
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Willmott Dixon and Catalyst Housing Group are shortly to start building London’s first level six Code for Sustainable Homes project.

It is the highest standard for sustainable housing and only a handful of developments in the country have reached this zero carbon rating.

The 18 homes will be built at Staines Road in Hounslow and will raise the bar for low carbon emitting homes in a busy urban location.

Willmott Dixon chief executive John Frankiewicz says, “We aim to use this to learn how to make level six homes affordable and replicable so that they can be built more often.

“At the moment, barely 100 homes exist that are this standard and taking into account the climate change challenges we face, we need to have a step change.”

The UK aims to cut carbon emissions by 80 per cent in 2050. To meet the highest green standard for homes Willmott’s will install 450 sq m of photovoltaic panels, a biomass plant and adopt rainwater harvesting.

The homes will be super insulated to ensure they have very low U values. Solar shading panels will also keep the structures cool in summer.

Willmott Dixon starts building work in July, with completion in October 2011. The development, designed by architects MEPK, comprises 14 flats and four houses for rent and shared ownership.

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