The sustainability vision for the site includes the following:
Plot-holders will be able to design and build homes that will be ready for the future. Measures are outlined to maximise the water efficiency of the dwellings, thus helping to adapt to potential future water shortages. Ventilation strategies and the incorporation of balanced fenestration are also recommended to mitigate the risk of overheating associated with a warming climate. A Surface Water Management Strategy has also been produced for the site, which will protect the dwellings against the risk of surface water flooding arising from increasingly intense rainfall events.
Reducing Carbon Emissions
Custom-build homes can be built with operational costs in mind, thus encouraging homeowners to specify highly efficient building fabric, use the most efficient systems, and integrate renewable technologies that enable on-site electricity generation. The site will not be connected to the gas grid, meaning no fossil fuel combustion will occur on-site. This will both reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with the space and water heating of the dwellings.
Health And Wellbeing
The location of the custom-build plots on the lakeside, and their integration within the existing landscape will provide future residents with direct access to nature. The orientation will ensure access to daylight and sunlight within the new homes is maximised. Not only will this provide health benefits, but it will also reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day, thus reducing energy bills. The provision of a footpath connecting the east and west sides of the lake, and the extensive network of footpaths within the surroundings of the site, will encourage future homeowners to take up more active lifestyles and reduce their reliance on private cars.
Future plot-holders will be able to minimise their consumption of resources and generation of waste. During construction, the use of modular and off-site techniques, take-back schemes and the employment of recycled materials can reduce the amount of construction waste produced, as well as diverting waste from landfill. The custom-built plots have been designed to provide a permanent platform which may be reused, should the plot holder wish to reconfigure the built form of their home.
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