PRP completes Slough zero-carbon development
PRP Architects has completed one of the country’s largest zero-carbon developments, at Greenwatt Way in Slough, Berkshire.
The practice designed 10 homes conforming to level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, four built from timber frame and the remainder in masonry block. The buildings will be rented out to staff at Scottish & Southern Energy and Slough Borough Council.
Also included in the development is an energy centre to test five different types of renewable energy, a low temperature district heat network and low water-use fittings.
Energy performance and requirements of the homes will be monitored for the next two years to improve understanding of how the UK can reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.
Chris Wilford, associate director at PRP, said: “The aim is to replicate a larger, ‘healthy’ community where good neighbourhood interaction helps encourage a more sustainable lifestyle. It is important for the UK to trial different low carbon technologies and fully understand their performance in a low energy home.”