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Zero Carbon Homes from Morris Homes UK to Open a New Chapter in Green Housing
The leading UK house builder, Morris Homes, has received approval to build the country's largest development of zero carbon homes. The environmental planners of Peterborough City Council in the UK have given the green signal to the company to go ahead with this eco-friendly project. Sustainable architecture specialist Browne Smith Baker and Landscape architect Barnes Walker are the creative minds behind this 295-home development. The homes will be constructed to level 6 of the "Code for Sustainable Homes" which is the technical guidance from the UK government to build homes that reduce carbon emissions.
This ambitious zero-carbon building project aims to demonstrate that it is possible achieve major carbon emission reductions with the adoption of innovative design and planet-friendly construction technologies. This sustainable development will offer 68 four-bedroom, 90 three-bedroom and 63 two-bedroom houses. Additionally, it will have a seven-storey apartment block with 74 two-bedroom apartments. The apartment block will have green walling along with a glass roof. One of the unique green features at the 7-hectare, former factory site will be an ecological gabion wall that will be made of sustainable rock, crushed recycled material and climbing plants. The development will also include a sustainable urban drainage system and public open spaces.
This project in Peterborough is being developed as a part of the UK government's "Carbon Challenge" initiative, which is managed by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Terry Fuller, executive director for the HCA said: "The 'zero carbon' status aims to create new homes and places that are appealing, attractive and point the way to how we could all live in the future." Councillor Samantha Dalton, Peterborough City Council's cabinet member for environment capital said this project demonstrates an effective way to reduce carbon emissions globally.
Zero Carbon homes are not just a fanciful term anymore. They set tough building standards but the Morris Homes project is hoping to change perceptions and show that zero carbon living can be a reality. The aim of zero carbon housing is raise the environmental performance of homes within a community, without having a cost escalation, and maintaining quality living at the same time. It also aims to reduce fuel bills and pollution levels for the occupants of the zero carbon communities. In fact, the Morris Homes project aspires to achieve superior cost efficiencies in order to drive down the costs of construction. It is designed to set new standards in sustainable living and will include innovative lifestyle features that reduce carbon emissions within the community.
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