Building to the Code for Sustainable Homes

Derek Moss of EcoFirst Consult presented two very interesting case studies to show the developers’ thought process and how consultants and local authority planners can help shape developments to ensure that sustainability features are ‘designed in’ from the start, to ensure cost effective compliance with Code and BREEAM levels. Often, contractors want to take shortcuts and do the minimum to meet Code requirements.

Case study 1: Redevelopment of the old Glove Factory in Yeovil. This comprises 27 houses, 10 apartments and 3 retail units, of which 1 will be a Code 6 house (true zero carbon), and a further 12 will be Code 5 dwellings. Derek summarised the funding, design and development issues surrounding this project.

Case Study 2: Development of Osprey Quay, 77 Houses which will form the athletes’ village for the Olympic sailing events in 2012. The project was designed to Code level 4 from the beginning, incorporating good levels of insulation and air tightness, 3 different heat networks and 18 individual biomass boilers. In addition, each south-facing roof has the wiring/plumbing to accept solar panels if occupant wants to install them.

View a video of his presentation, with PowerPoint slides here
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