£6.4m AIMC4 project reaches planning landmark for trial homes

A group of housebuilders that is pioneering affordable low carbon homes has won planning permission for its first schemes.

The AIMC4 consortium, which was set up to develop low-cost sustainable homes, will construct 17 homes as part of the trial.

The £6.4m project was set up to demonstrate the potential of sustainable development.

All of the homes will be built to level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Crest Nicholson will construct five homes at its new Noble Park development in Surrey.

Barratt Northampton will build four homes as part of its Meridian Park estate in Northampton.

And Stewart Milne Group will develop eight homes using its timber frame Sigma II Build System.

Elizabeth Ness, group sustainability executive of Crest Nicholson, said: “This is a groundbreaking moment for the AIMC4 partners and a significant step forward for the project as a whole.

“Once completed, the AIMC4 units will offer consumer-friendly, energy-efficient homes and the subsequent post occupancy evaluations will help inform the future of low carbon housing.”

Once the homes have been completed and occupied, Oxford Brookes University will then carry out monitoring and occupancy evaluation to assess performance levels and customer reactions.


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