Work starts on zero energy bill homes at Corby

Deputy mayor Anthony Dady cuts the first turf watched by, from left, Cllr David Sims, council leader Tom Beattie, co-founders of Electric Corby Nick Bolton  and Joe Dickinson, Alfred Buller of Bela Partnership and John Lagan  of Lagan Homes
Deputy mayor Anthony Dady cuts the first turf watched by, from left, Cllr David Sims, council leader Tom Beattie, co-founders of Electric Corby Nick Bolton and Joe Dickinson, Alfred Buller of Bela Partnership and John Lagan of Lagan Homes

Work has started in Corby on eight new homes which will guarantee the owners no energy bills for two years.

The innovative project, being spearheaded by Electric Corby, will see the three-bedroom properties at Priors Hall Park fitted with the latest technology to generate and conserve electricity and heat, saving the owners an average of £1,000 a year in energy bills.

At a ceremony on Monday (November 4) to mark the start of the scheme, Joe Dickinson, project manager at Electric Corby, said; “Although we’ve been working for two years to reach this point, the timing couldn’t be better as people are faced with ever-escalating energy bills.”

The pioneering project has been possible thanks to a partnership involving builders Lagan Homes, developers Bela Partnership, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and Corby Council.

The homes, which will be sold by estate agents Simpson and Partners, have been designed in conjunction with Newform Energy, a leading renewable energy technology company and home automation firm JSJS Designs.

Expected to be completed by spring 2014, the properties will go on the market for about £165,000.

Nick Bolton of Electric Corby said: “We are guaranteeing that homeowners will have a net energy bill of zero for two years. After that residents will be well placed to fend off ever-increasing energy prices with a home that not only conserves energy better than most, but also generates much of its own needs at no cost to the bill payer.”

Alfred Buller, Bela Partnership director, added: “Priors Hall Park is a testament to modern home design and build. Our aim is to build sustainable homes by finding better ways of doing things.

“In partnership with Electric Corby, we can not only drastically reduce customers energy bills, but also offset our carbon emission.”