Adding value to the community
Making houses SHINE
Experts from Loughborough’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) have helped Charnwood Borough Council and industrial partners begin rolling out a pioneering sustainable social housing project in Leicestershire.
Nine sustainable homes are being built and staff and students at CREST are working closely with the Council, Mabers architects and the main contractor, Morgan Sindall, to ensure that the new homes deliver real low carbon performance in practice.
The project is designed to support the local authority in attaining high energy efficiency standards for new homes, making them compliant with Code 4 of the Government’s ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ standard.
By integrating analysis of the building fabric performance, renewable energy equipment and occupancy data, the researchers are able to see how residents interact with their home and its energy -efficient services. Consequently they can examine the effectiveness of renewable energy technologies in delivering carbon reductions and whether these technologies meet the comfort needs of the homes’ occupants.
The initiative is part of an East Midlands Development Agency-funded project called SHINE (Sustainable Homes Innovation Network of Excellence). Loughborough has led the project since 2008, in conjunction with partners in the construction industry, local government and academia, namely Nottingham and Northampton universities, to deliver high quality, sustainable homes across the East Midlands.
The project picked up the award for Best SME University Collaboration at the 2010 Sustainable Construction Innovation awards, and has led to a further £0.5M funding award to Loughborough to deliver SHINE-ZC, a zero carbon community housing development in Derby in conjunction with industrial co-funding partner EMRE Ltd.
The approach has been applied to a number of new affordable homes across Charnwood. CO2 levels, humidity, temperature and energy equipment performance will be measured over a period of time to give an holistic picture of how these sustainable properties actually perform in everyday life.
The project has also resulted in £1M leveraged funding to deliver sustainable brownfield regeneration in Derby.