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Tuesday29 July 2014

PRP completes Slough zero-carbon development

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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.”

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  • Is the communal water heated geo-thermally? How does the initial set up cost compare to "standard housing"? It will be interesting to see if the recycled grey water and stale warm air heat recovery systems are of value in relation to the energy their systems require to run and be maintained.

    Otherwise, it seems pretty standard technology.

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