Construction begins on Kent’s zero-carbon neighbourhood

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zero-carbon neighbourhood

Construction has begun on Kent’s new zero-carbon neighbourhood, the new homes are being delivered by Public Sector Plc in partnership with NetZero Buildings, the offsite manufacturer

The new development of six zero carbon, family homes for rent, will transform vacant land in Oak Road, Sittingbourne into one of the most energy-efficient housing schemes in the country.

The all-electric modular homes in Sittingbourne are able to achieve carbon neutrality thanks to their air-tight, well-insulated walls and will feature photovoltaic solar roof panels, to enable the properties to generate their own electricity.

They also have hot water heated by an air source heat pump to further reduce electricity consumption.

Homes England has provided debt finance to part-fund the development, which is due to be completed by the end of January 2021.

New generation of housing

Adam Cunnington, CEO of Public Sector Plc, said: “As we all begin the economic recovery from Covid-19 we are extremely excited about delivering Kent’s new zero-carbon neighbourhood.

“Our country not only faces a crisis in the number of homes but also the quality, as well as a global climate emergency.

“We’re proud to be leading the way with a new generation of housing which helps to tackle these problems.”

“The development at Oak Road marks the launch of our new PRS brand LetLife and is the first of three energy-efficient housing developments we are delivering in the next 12 months.”

From its factory in Cambridge, NetZero Buildings has pioneered the production of true net-zero carbon and energy-positive buildings in Britain over the past six years.

“This industry-leading housing scheme in Kent is a landmark development for NetZero Buildings,” said Steve Murphy, CEO of NetZero Buildings

“For more than six years NetZero Buildings has pioneered some of the most energy-efficient buildings in Britain and we’re now widely recognized as the only offsite manufacturer delivering the true meaning of net-zero buildings.”

Julian Lockwood, director at Pozzoni Architecture, added: “As well as being manufactured with greater efficiency, Oak Road’s new homes will also be incredibly energy-efficient – helping residents reduce their carbon footprint and keeping running costs low for years to come.”

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