08 Jun 2009 09:06:09
Low carbon homes proposed for Dorset in the UK
Developer ZeroC has submitted a planning application to construct 77 new low-carbon homes at Osprey Quay in Portland, Dorset.
The project, which is being pursued in collaboration with the South West Regional Development Agency (RDA), is scheduled to be completed before the sailing events for the 2012 Olympics are held at the waterfront site.
All of the energy-efficient residential properties, including 23 one to three-bedroom affordable homes, are being built on RDA-owned land to strict specifications on sustainability.
They have been designed to meet the Level 4 standard of the Code for Sustainable Homes and will emit 50 percent less carbon dioxide than homes built to current regulations.
Alison Hatcher, head of regeneration for the South West RDA in Dorset, said that the housing project will help strengthen Portland's economy in the years following the 2012 Games.
She added: "Our role is to lead the development of a low-carbon economy in the region and this project with ZeroC is an excellent example of that."
The Code for Sustainable Homes measures the sustainability of residential buildings on a one-to-six star rating system and was introduced as a mandatory requirement for all new homes from May 1st 2008.http://tinyurl.com/5hg4n7