Taking aim. Unique partnership targets construction of sustainable homes

25 Nov 2009

The Government-backed Technology Strategy Board is to support a ground-breaking £6.4 million programme to build 12 world-class energy-efficient houses, without using renewable energy technologies. 

The unique project - entitled 'AIMC4' - will see the Technology Strategy Board partner a major consortium of three leading developers (Stewart Milne Group, Crest Nicholson Plc and Barratt Developments Plc), H+H UK Ltd, BRE and Oxford Brookes University.

The AIMC4 project will take a 'fabric-first' approach to the construction of the new homes, with the aim of achieving a 44% reduction in carbon emissions.  Only specific building materials, components and systems will be used, which will increase the energy efficiency of the houses throughout their lifespan.  This holistic design-based solution has not been attempted before and marks a significant step forward in the journey towards cost-effective zero carbon homes.

The test homes will be constructed in three conventional developments and lived in by ordinary families, with their performance monitored over several years to ensure they continue to achieve reduced emission levels.

The £6.4 million project, in which the Technology Strategy Board will invest £3.2 million, will see three different construction types evaluated - one timber, one masonry and a third, hybrid, option - each capable of longer-term volume delivery.

Announcing the project today at the annual conference of the UK Green Building Council, Housing and Planning Minister John Healey said:  "Our zero carbon homes from 2016 will make green living a reality for everyone who buys a new home. And it will support the transformation of existing homes too, by nurturing aspirations about what green living can look like, and by boosting the supply chains of the new technologies that will be needed."

"The project is responding to the target set by the Government to reduce carbon emissions from homes by 2016.  Meeting this challenge will need innovative materials, products and designs.  This exciting initiative will bring together the best of the UK's building developers and material suppliers and I'm delighted that the Government is able to partner with this unique consortium," he added.

Minister for Science and Innovation, Lord Drayson said: "It is the Government's policy that all new homes will be zero carbon from 2016.  To meet that goal we need innovative new designs and products, which is exactly what this pioneering project will deliver."

The Technology Strategy Board's Richard Miller, who leads the organisation's Low Impact Building Innovation Platform, added: "This is a very exciting project and we are delighted to be so closely involved.  Achieving such a major reduction in carbon emissions through a 'fabric-centric' approach, without relying on renewable energy technologies, is extremely clever thinking.  Using efficient fabrics will increase energy efficiency throughout the lifespan of a building and, as new renewable energy technologies are developed, the goal of zero carbon buildings can be achieved".

Speaking on behalf of the new Consortium, Stewart Dalgarno, Group Product Development Director of Stewart Milne Group said: "AIMC4 is a ground breaking and challenging research project, bringing together the UK's premium developers and suppliers to pave the way for the delivery of sustainable homes. This support of innovation will yield a variety of building systems, each capable of volume build, reducing carbon emissions and driving delivery of the Government targets while creating desirable and sustainable communities. End

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Nick Sheppard, Media Relations Consultant
Technology Strategy Board
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