To promote sustainable development HCC allocated a parcel of the Merton Rise development to be a pathfinder scheme at the leading edge of eco construction to help inform future developments.
The recently issued Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is aiming for zero carbon development by 2013/16 but the County is applying Level 5 of the CSH to a number of dwellings in the parcel with the aim of achieving zero CO2 emissions now.
There will be major savings in water and energy including:
100% improvement on energy and carbon dioxide emissions over the current Building Regulations
Each dwelling will be designed to use no more than 80 litres of potable water per person per day
They will maximize insulation, air tightness and high specification windows together with optimizing natural light and ventilation
Other items to help reach Code level 5 may include –
Solar water heating which can supply 50% of hot water
Photovoltaic’s using solar energy to produce electricity
Biomass heating and combined heat and power for space heating and hot water which will be fuelled from sustainable resources such as willow, woodchips etc
Ground source heat pumps to help convert low grade thermal energy from the ground
For further information on the development, please visit the next page.