Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Plans for England's first large scale zero carbon houses

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Housebuilders were invited to submit expressions of interest to build England’s first large scale development of zero carbon homes today, as national regeneration agency English Partnerships published its pre-qualifying questionnaire (PQQ) for a 150 home site in Bristol.

Hanham Hall – a 6.1 ha former hospital site in Bristol, owned by English Partnerships – has been identified as the first site in the country to be suitable for development under the agency’s Carbon Challenge.

Jayne Lomas, the Project Manager at English Partnerships responsible for the Carbon Challenge said, “This effectively brings the zero carbon homes of the future a significant step closer to reality – a hugely important development in the fight against climate change.

“The Government has made it clear that all new homes will need to be zero carbon from 2016 and the Carbon Challenge will help demonstrate to the construction industry how this can be achieved.

The Hanham Hall PQQ, published alongside a Memorandum of Information giving site specific details, is designed to establish organisational capacity to meet the requirements of the Carbon Challenge – including Level 6 of the new Code for Sustainable Homes – by reducing carbon emissions and incorporating features to reduce water usage and energy consumption, as well as minimise waste.

Source : 24dash

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