Lessons from AIMC4 for cost-effective, fabric first, low energy housing - Part 1: Introduction to AIMC4

Lessons from AIMC4 for cost-effective, fabric first, low energy housing - Part 1: Introduction to AIMC4

This information paper is part 1 in a series of four papers about the AIMC4 applied research project which was created to research, develop and pioneer the volume production of low-carbon homes that would achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes without the use of renewables.

Part 1 introduces the AIMC4 project and describes the process of translating its objectives.

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Barratt Developments, Stewart Milne Group, Crest Nicholson, H+H & BRE

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Often simply referred to as ‘the Code’, this is very closely associated with the policy for all homes to be zero carbon from 2016. The Code was intended to provide the basis for a ‘regulatory escalator’ – i.e. regulations were to be strengthened in line with Code levels over a period of time, although the Code was always intended to be broader than just energy, covering as it does water, biodiversity, materials and other factors. 

The story of the zero carbon homes policy, and indeed the Code itself, is complex and still ongoing, for more information go to the UK-GBC website here.

 

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