House builders start code level 4 eco-home trials

Aaron Morby 12 years ago

The consortium of house builders aiming to construct code level 4 homes relying on building material performance rather than renewable energy sources have pinpointed sites to start work.

The AIMC4 consortium comprises Stewart Milne, Crest Nicholson and Barratt Developments, backed by H+H UK, BRE and Oxford Brookes University.

The £6.4m project, which is being co-funded by the house builders and the Technology Strategy Board, aims to demonstrate what can be achieved using standard building technology.

Stewart Milne Group will build eight homes using its timber frame Sigma II Build System at Leathan Fields in Portlethen and Athena Grange in Prestonpans, East Lothian.

The developer will also work with the Communities Gateway Association and Adactus Housing Association in Preston to build a terrace of three, three bedroom homes, designed to meet all Homes and Communities Agency, Lifetime Homes and Secure by Design requirements.

Crest Nicholson will build five  homes at its new Noble Park development on the outskirts of Epsom, Surrey.

The  plots will comprise one four bedroom, detached house using a masonry cavity wall construction and a terrace of four four-bed townhouses using structural insulation panel system construction.

Barratt Northampton will build four homes as part of its Meridian Park development in Corby, Northamptonshire.  The homes will comprise of three and four bedroom properties and work is expected to start in June.

Elizabeth Ness, group sustainability executive of Crest Nicholson, said: “This is a groundbreaking moment for the AIMC4 partners and a significant step forward for the project as a whole.

“The supply chain selection process has been a fascinating journey and it will be great to see all of the hard work come together as the sites go live.

“All the developers have been working closely with local authorities to gain planning permissions and there has been a very positive response, with senior council figures excited about being involved in such an important housing initiative.

Once the homes have been completed and occupied, Oxford Brookes University will then carry out monitoring and occupancy evaluation to assess performance levels and customer reactions.

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