English Partnerships (EP) has launched a competition in Peterborough to develop the country’s second zero-carbon community.
Initiated alongside the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and Peterborough City Council, architects and developers have been invited to put forward proposals for the first phase of the development.
It is the second Carbon Challenge set up by EP, following the agency’s development of 150 ‘eco homes’ in Bristol.
Phase one of the Peterborough scheme will provide 450 sustainable homes on a 7ha brownfield site that will have no carbon emissions, with reduced water usage and energy consumption, as well as minimised waste output.
The scheme is part of a wider £1 billion regeneration of Peterborough led by urban-regeneration company Opportunity Peterborough.
According to EP, the Carbon Challenge gives developers the chance to gain experience at building to the ‘highest level’ of the government’s Code for Sustainable Homes.
Jayne Lomas, EP’s Carbon Challenge manager said: ‘To date only single prototype homes have been built to these standards.
‘No major housing schemes in this country have been able to achieve anything near the performance required in the Carbon Challenge competition. For all those who want to get ahead of the game, this site is a golden opportunity to gain experience and a competitive edge.’