The Technology Strategy Board is to support a £6.4m programme to build 12 world-class, energy-efficient houses.
The project – entitled AIMC4 – will see the Technology Strategy Board partner with a consortium of three developers (Stewart Milne Group, Crest Nicholson and Barratt Developments), H+H UK, BRE and Oxford Brookes University.
The AIMC4 project aims to develop houses with a 44 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions. Only specific building materials, components and systems will be used, which will increase the energy efficiency of the houses throughout their lifespan.
The test homes will be constructed in three conventional developments with their performance monitored over several years to ensure they continue to achieve reduced emission levels.
The £6.4m project, in which the Technology Strategy Board will invest £3.2m, will see three different construction types evaluated – one timber, one masonry and a third, hybrid, option.
Announcing the project at the annual conference of the UK Green Building Council, John Healey, housing and planning minister, said: ‘The project is responding to the target set by the government to reduce carbon emissions from homes by 2016.
‘Meeting this challenge will need innovative materials, products and designs. This initiative will bring together the best of the UK’s building developers and material suppliers and I’m delighted that the government is able to partner with this unique consortium.’
Speaking on behalf of the consortium, Stewart Dalgarno, group product development director of Stewart Milne Group said: ‘AIMC4 is a challenging research project, bringing together the UK’s developers and suppliers to pave the way for the delivery of sustainable homes.
‘This support of innovation will yield a variety of building systems, each capable of volume build, reducing carbon emissions and driving delivery of the government targets while creating desirable and sustainable communities.’