University of Cambridge set to produce biggest sustainable housing development in the UK
The University of Cambridge is set to build the UK’s biggest sustainable housing development, according to designbuildscource.com.au.
It is claimed that £1 million is being spent on the development, which will be built at the facility’s North West Cambridge site. The construction will include 3,000 homes and 2,000 student bed spaces, according to specificationonline.co.uk, as well as other eco-friendly buildings for academic study, spread across 100,000 square metres.
Sustainable water system – a first for a UK university
Half of the homes are set to be reserved for private residents, with the other 50 per cent being designated for university and college staff members at a lower rent. Sustainable measures within the development include an advanced network of drainage systems – a water management system first for a UK university.
This system reduces flood risk as well as storing filtered water in various ponds around the site, which will be used by residents as an alternative water supply.
Set to achieve Level 5 of Code fro Sustainable Homes scheme
These measures mean the site is set achieve an impressive Level 5 on the UK government’s Code for Sustainable Homes scheme. The initiative, which was introduced in 2006, measures the energy efficiency of homes. The Code works on a 1-6 scale, with homes at Level 1 achieving ten per cent better energy efficiency than a given standard, while those at Level 6 have achieved a zero carbon home.
Author: Samantha Bartlett Date Written: 14 May 2013