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New modular build development in Nuneaton pilots innovative, energy efficient approach

Published on Tuesday, 2nd March 2021

Groundworks commenced last month on a new, modular housing site in Nuneaton which is set to pilot some innovative methods to improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of new homes.

Consisting of four 1-bedroom apartments and four 3-bedroom family homes, the development site named Raveloe Drive, uses a modular build construction method, which means that houses are built in a factory and delivered to the site as modules. This method of construction dramatically reduces waste whilst increasing the overall quality of the homes.

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges for the world in coming years, with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council declaring a Climate Change Emergency in December 2019.  With this in mind, the Council is continually looking at ways to make innovative steps towards tackling the issue. One of those steps is to implement a pilot scheme to improve energy efficiency in new build homes across the Borough.

In Raveloe Drive, carbon dioxide reductions and improvements in energy efficiency will be made via a fabric-first approach, which includes increasing both insulation and airtightness above current building regulations. Also to be piloted on the site, will be the use of recycled plastic kerb stones in the parking areas, which help to reduce carbon dioxide by using recycled material instead of concrete.

In a bid to encourage wildlife, bird boxes, bat boxes, and bug hotels, plus hedgehog friendly garden fence panels will be used on the development.  A 3-metre-wide footpath will also be created for the enjoyment of walkers and cyclists.

The new homes will be fully electric, ahead of the likely changes in building regulation in 2025, where gas boilers in new homes will become obsolete. The Council’s Housing Development Team are also examining the use of new systems which will further help decrease the carbon footprint of new homes. One of these being the use of ventilation and waste-water heat recovery systems, which pre-heat cold air coming into homes with warm air inside and pre-heat shower water with warm waste water.

Implementation of these new energy-efficient strategies will ensure many advantages including:

  • Lower fuel bills – good for tenants and helps to address issues of fuel poverty.
  • Lower carbon dioxide footprint – good for the environment, helping to address climate change and a step closer towards homes becoming carbon neutral.
  • Biodiversity – looking after the natural wildlife and considering how we can implement measures which encourage wild animals and promote a diverse natural habitat.

Cllr Christopher Watkins - Portfolio holder for Housing and Communities said:

“These measures show fantastic steps towards combatting climate change and making new homes energy efficient. They will no doubt prove extremely beneficial to the tenants too, with reduced fuel costs and a more comfortable living environment.

“I am looking forward to seeing these practices being implemented in this development and to seeing our teams progressing more strategies like this in the future.”