Multi-disciplinary outfit Ingleton Wood claims to have completed the UK’s first social housing scheme to attain level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes
The 10-unit scheme at Mendip Road in Chelmsford, features communal biomass boilers and roof-top photovoltaic cells with the project aiming to generate as much energy as the homes consume.
Jon Boon, partner at Ingleton Wood, said: ‘The new Government has re-affirmed the previous government’s commitment that by 2016 all new homes will be built to zero carbon standard.
‘This scheme achieves this innovative landmark six years ahead of that target. It will be an invaluable source of experience for advancing the environmental housing agenda towards this ambitious goal.’
Heating, powering and lighting one of the units will cost less than half that of a typical house built to current Building Regulation standards, according to Boon.
Mendip Road is the largest code 6 scheme completed to date and the first project to land the accolade in eastern England.