Tenants First Housing Co-operative, Britainâ€™s largest housing co-operative, is launching a quest to develop high-quality, carbon-neutral housing.
Online PR News – 10-April-2009 – – Tenants First Housing Co-operative, Britainâ€™s largest housing co-operative [based in Aberdeen}, is launching a quest to develop high-quality, carbon-neutral housing.
The three-year programme will be run as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Tenants First and the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and will employ an architect working full-time at Tenants First.
The aim is to develop a house construction system that will meet the highest-level in the Governmentâ€™s code for sustainable homes. The code sets a national standard for houses and uses a rating system from one to six.
The Tenants First programme is aimed at a six-star rating, indicating the lowest levels of carbon emissions and the highest standard of sustainability.
Commenting on the initiative Euan Barr, Project Manager with Tenants First, said â€śTenants First has a record of innovation in construction techniques aimed at improving the efficiency and quality of the homes we build for our members.""Most notable are our award-winning projects at Ballater where we utilised a Dutch construction system never seen in this country before, and Peterhead where we piloted offsite timber frame technology.
â€śWith this new initiative we are aiming to develop a construction system that will deliver real benefits for the environment, while providing our members with high-quality homes that have very low running costs."
â€śOne of the challenges we will face is that the technologies to reduce carbon emissions can be costly. As an organisation dedicated to providing affordable homes, we need to find a way of achieving six-star standards of sustainability, without the high cost.â€ť
For the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the project will be led by Dr Masa Noguchi. Dr Noguchi is a specialist in environmental building design, materials and methods applied to sustainable architecture. Dr Noguchi has international experience in delivering low carbon mass custom homes.