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Norwich launches hunt for Passivhaus partners

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Norwich City Council is hunting for teams to form a Passivhaus housing construction framework ‘Fabric First’ framework

The council’s £300million Fabric First framework is part of an ambitious drive to build scores of homes to the German energy standard.

According to an OJEU notice the job will be split into three lots – Lot 1 for schemes with less than 20 homes, Lot 2 for schemes of between 21 and 110 units, and Lot 3 for larger developments of more than 111 homes.

The city is already working on a number of Passivhaus developments including a 105-home scheme at Goldsmith Street designed by Riches Hawley Mikhail.

It also hopes that the framework will be adapted and used by other local authorities and housing providers.

A spokesperson from Norwich City Council said: ‘We are seeking contractors for our own council-led schemes, but by setting up a framework it will be easier for other local authorities and registered providers to procure contractors with the skills and expertise to build to Passivhaus standards.

‘Norwich City Council is keen to exceed the standards required in building regulations, both for environmental reasons and as part of a drive to reduce fuel poverty.’

Expressions of interest are due by 28 May.

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