AIMC4 Wins Top Accolade for Low Carbon Initiative

The AIMC4 Consortium has won the Housebuilder award for Best Low or Zero Carbon Initiative after impressing judges with the delivery of its groundbreaking £6.4m project.

The consortium was founded in 2009 to research, develop and deliver affordable, desirable and energy efficient homes, which meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 energy requirements using a fabric-first approach. Supported by the Government backed Technology Strategy Board, the consortium members comprise key players in the industry - developers Stewart Milne Group, Crest Nicholson PLC and Barratt Developments PLC who are responsible for the design and build of the world class energy efficient homes, the Building Research Establishment (BRE) advising on innovative solutions and evaluating the technical issues and H+H UK Ltd an innovative supplier of Aircrete concrete products. BRE Scotland will analyse and evaluate both the performance of the homes and the occupants behaviours once the homes have been sold and are occupied.

The Awards, which recognise and reward excellence and innovation throughout the housebuilding disciplines, were presented by Housebuilder magazine in association with NHBC and the Home Builders Federation.

Stewart Dalgarno, of Stewart Milne Group, who received the award alongside his consortium colleagues, said: “The country has ambitious targets for a zero carbon future and we are keen to ensure we can meet the carbon agenda as well as build homes that are affordable and that people want to live in. By working as a consortium and sharing our outcomes and learnings, we have been able to push the boundaries of sustainable building and we are extremely proud that this has been recognised by the judges.”

Elizabeth Ness, Group Sustainability Director at Crest Nicholson said: "We are proud to be a part of this market leading and pioneering industry Consortium. The joint learnings will be a huge benefit for our customers as we progressively deliver the low carbon homes of the future”

In total, 17 AIMC4 homes have been built at five sites across the UK. After all of the homes are sold, the consortium will undertake full post occupancy research with new homeowners, which will provide a greater understanding of how the homes perform and how the occupiers react and adapt to the technologies. The results will provide evidence to help achieve the Government targets, as well as determine which products work best to meet the demanding energy efficiency standards that confront the whole industry.

To find out more about the Crest Nicholson AIMC4 homes visit: http://www.crestnicholson.com/noblepark/newhomes/AIMC4.aspx

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