Corby homes win environmental award

FOUR of the most environmentally-friendly houses ever built in the UK have impressed judges at an awards ceremony which recognises industry achievements.

The properties at Barratt Homes’ Hatton Meadows development, on the Oakley Vale estate, were built as part of a national initiative to understand how environmentally-friendly materials can help limit the amount of wasted energy in new homes.

Called AIMC4, the £6.4m project is being driven by partners including housebuilders Barratt, Crest Nicholson and the Stewart Milne Group and Hatton Meadows has provided four of the 17 world class homes that have been built across the UK.

Teams at Barratt used a fabric-first approach to ensure the four properties at Hatton Meadows met the code for sustainable homes level 4 energy requirements. They took 19 weeks to build.

The award for Best Low or Zero Carbon Initiative was presented to Barratt Homes by Housebuilder magazine, the National House-Building Council and the Home Builders Federation.

Andrew Swindell, managing director at Barratt Northampton said, “As a leading housebuilder, we are always aiming to push the boundaries of sustainable building and we are extremely proud that the AIMC4 project has been recognised by the judges.

“We are very proud to be a part of this market-leading and pioneering industry scheme. The knowledge we will all gain will be hugely beneficial for our customers as we progressively deliver the low carbon homes of the future.”

Now that the homes are occupied, energy efficiency will be monitored to provide a greater understanding of how they perform and how residents react and adapt to the new technologies.

The project will also use feedback from the people who buy the homes to help decide how they can be improved in the future.