West Kent is seeking to be one of the first housing associations in Kent to build nearly net zero energy homes for its residents at Mills Crescent in Sevenoaks.
Construction on the new homes will begin later this year after demolishing four existing inefficient homes on part of the same site.
We have announced plans to develop 13 new affordable homes for rent as part of our commitment to improving our environmental performance. Each of the homes is designed to generate the maximum possible energy ‘on site’, with the remaining electricity purchased from ‘offsite’ renewable energy sources, including wind and solar farms.
We have committed to using construction materials and methods that offer environmentally better alternatives to traditional ones. The aim is to help the UK reduce its CO2 emissions to net zero by 2050 – a target set by the Government.
Kate Flaherty, Director of Property Development and Partnerships at West Kent, said: “By using the latest design and specification options, we will be as near to net zero as possible. This will be achieved by creating an airtight super insulated building envelope with control systems that ensure a ventilation system that boosts the comfort and health benefits of super energy efficient homes’’.
Chief Executive Tracy Allison added: “The homes will cost West Kent more to build than traditional ones, but this will benefit residents over the lifetime of the homes by providing significantly reduced running costs. It is important that we do what we can to reduce residents’ energy bills whilst also reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Mills Crescent will be the first of many such schemes by West Kent housing association’’.
The West Kent board is committed to delivering ultra low energy homes on as many of the new developments as possible, future proofing new homes and protecting the environment.