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ZERO BILLS HOME OPEN DAY SAT 16th June 2018 - 11am - 4pm       

Building Research Establishment, Bucknalls Lane, Watford, WD25 9XX

On 16th June 2018 we hosted an Open Day for the Zero Bills Home at the Building Research Establishment in Watford.

If you were unable to visit us on that day then it is possible to do so by making an appointment with the BRE www.bre.co.uk

The house was designed by the architect Bill Dunster OBE and his team at Zedfactory. It was erected in 2016 to test the credentials of the housing which is zero-carbon, zero-energy. The home you will see has been tested and approved by BRE and is one of the first to achieve the Home Quality Mark Standard which replaces the Code for Sustainable Homes.

This is not a show home but it will give you an idea of how the Newport properties will be built. All will have embedded solar roofs meaning that over a year they will be zero-energy users, ie on an annual basis there will be nothing to pay to your energy suppliers. Every home will also have the option of high capacity electrical storage meaning that energy generated during hot summer days will be stored on site for usage later with any excess re-routed to the grid for a feed-in tariff payment. All the homes are super-insulated, triple glazed and of high thermal mass which keeps them cool in summer and warm in winter. They greatly exceed the requirements set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook and will readily be mortgageable by any lender. The developers are in the process of negotiating a preferred lender who will offer morgages on the Newport homes at a discounted rate. There will also be opportunity to purchase properties at subsidised prices and for just 5% deposit under the Shared Ownership Scheme or the government Help to Buy Scheme.

This will be a development with the homes clustered around two village greens and, upon completion, with an intended community building beside its main entrance. Newport railway station is some 200m distant with the village primary school and Newport Recreation Ground bordering the sitet. An acre of the development land will be gifted to the primary school. The greens will accommodate a variety of amenities including newly planted trees, community allotments, designated play areas, wild life ponds and the northern green will include small vaulted earthern rooms providing storage areas for gardening equipment.

The site as a whole will present an ideal place to live being a low density development with all properties having their own garden and many also enjoying a “solar loft” which is a facility you can view at the BRE. The site will be administered by its own Community Land Trust, ie as a resident you will be a CLT member with a say on matters such as how the village greens are used and maintained and how the estate roadways are lit.

The housing ranges from 1 bed to 5 bed units with affordables integrated into the overall plan. The intended target date for commencement of construction is late 2018 with Phase 1 properties completed for occupation by the summer of 2019.