AIMC4 Consortium Wins Top Accolade for Low Carbon Initiative

The AIMC4 Consortium* behind the new eco-friendly homes at Crest Nicholson’s Noble Park development in Epsom, has won the Housebuilder Award for Best Low or Zero Carbon Initiative after impressing judges with the delivery of its ground-breaking £6.4m project**.

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.

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.

Noble Park, built on the former West Park Hospital site, is the only development within the consortium where the five three and four-bedroom AIMC4 homes will have the added benefits of meeting all the elements of the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4*** which includes enhanced ecology, water conservation and energy efficiency. The homes also comply with the standards of ‘Secured by Design’ - the official UK Police flagship initiative supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’.

The AIMC4 homes at Noble Park provide low energy, easy to maintain and cost-effective homes for the future, which will deliver a lifelong solution for carbon reduction and lower domestic running costs for homeowners.

Founded in 2009, AIMC4 is a unique partnership of five members, including housebuilders and the BRE, which is researching, developing and pioneering the volume production of energy efficient homes of the future.

Christine Tiernan, Sales & Marketing Director, Crest Nicholson South, said: “We are delighted that the AIMC4 consortium has been recognised by these prestigious awards. “We are extremely proud of the AIMC4 homes at Noble Park and all that they achieve in terms of reducing carbon footprint and lowering energy bills for residents. Whilst the homes lead the way in terms of their technology, they have been designed to blend with the rest of the development and local vernacular.

“The homes have been designed with careful thought as to how people wish to live, to provide pleasing, comfortable and functional spaces. Behind the traditional façade modern technologies and materials provide comfortable and contemporary living space. The designs optimise space and light with the flexibility of Lifetime Homes**** design built in to allow adaptation in the future.

“Thanks to triple glazing, energy efficient lighting and state-of-the-art boilers and appliances coupled with innovative construction technologies, residents can also benefit from lower expenditure on energy and water whilst emissions from the properties will be dramatically reduced.”

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*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.

** About AIMC4 AIMC4 is a £6.4m project, with £3.2m investment from the consortium partners, matched with £3.2m from the Government-backed Technology Strategy Board (TSB). The consortium comprises five members: developers, Stewart Milne Group, Crest Nicholson Plc and Barratt Developments Plc; plus H+H UK Ltd; and the BRE

• A widely applicable Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 (Energy) range of design solutions to deliver carbon efficient homes by optimising the fabric of the building. • A new industry innovation process map to facilitate the accelerated development of materials, components and systems including the manner in which they are incorporated into the build process;

• A significantly improved, and in some areas newly created, UK supply chain capable of delivering a selection of innovative products to support the AIMC4 fabric first’ approach to Code Level 4 (Energy);

• A variety of build systems, capable of volume delivery within the UK market (timber, masonry and SIPS – structured insulated panel systems;

• Sixteen innovative homes, with ‘as built’ and ‘as lived in’ monitored performance, to begin the process of creating a database to inform mainstream volume production;

• Reduced construction costs to achieve viable, easy to use and market Code Level 4 homes (Energy) based on a fabric first solution, on a volume scale, through advances in design, process change and new product technology.

*** About Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 (energy) Code levels pertaining to energy require a Dwelling Emission Rate (DER) a certain percentage higher than the Target Emission Rate (TER) as set in Part L1A of the Building Regulations. Code level 4 requires 25% DER improvement over 2010 Part L1A TER standards.

**** About Lifetime Homes Lifetime Homes are designed to make life as easy as possible, for as long as possible by providing accessible and adaptable accommodation for everyone at any stage in life.

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