Willmott Dixon and Catalyst Housing Group have set out plans to build one of London’s first Code for Sustainable Homes level six projects.
The firms aim for their project, to build 18 homes on Staines Road in Hounslow, to be an exemplar for delivering highly sustainable, low carbon homes.
They plan to meet the high specification using 450 sq m of photovoltaic panels, biomass plants and rainwater harvesting among other methods. The units will be super insulated to ensure they have very low U values, while solar shading panels will keep them cool in summer.
Willmott Dixon will take possession of the site this month. Demolition work will commence in April, building work will start in July and completion is scheduled for October 2011.
The development, designed by architects MEPK, comprises 14 flats and four houses for affordable rent and shared ownership.
Willmott Dixon chief executive John Frankiewicz said: “We aim to use this to learn how to make level six homes affordable and replicable so that they can be built more often.
“At the moment, barely 100 homes exist that are this standard and, taking into account the climate change challenges we face, we need to have a step change.”