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PUBLIC SECTOR SUSTAINABILITY


LARGEST ZERO CARBON HOU DEVELOPMENT IN THE UK CO


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orking closely with community regeneration specialist Keepmoat and property design and management consultants


NPS, the pioneering £12 million project consists of 91 homes to Level 6 of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes. From the outset Park Dale, in


Airedale, West Yorkshire, was designed to offer a realistic and affordable solution to achieve zero carbon at large scale. To keep costs down, Keepmoat used block and brick work to achieve superior air tightness, rather than the prefabricated methods of construction conventionally used in zero carbon build. In turn, the use of traditional build methods has had a beneficial impact on the local economy, maximising employment opportunities for local trades people.


With part funding of £5.77 million from the Homes and Communities Agency, Park Dale includes 71 homes for social rent and 20 for intermediate rent. Each of the two, three and four- bedroom homes uses mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems and has in-roof photovoltaic panels, superior levels of internal air tightness and grey water recycling.


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Wakefield and District Housing (WDH), a Registered Provider with more than 31,000 homes, has opened the doors to Park Dale, the UK’s largest zero carbon housing development.


The homes draw heat from a district biomass heating system powered by renewable wood pellets produced in Yorkshire from recycled pallets. The development also includes a Learning Centre where residents can find out how to make energy savings and take qualifications in energy management. Park Dale took 12 months to plan and to coordinate the Code for Sustainable Homes submission. Work started on site in March 2010. Trades people from across Yorkshire have worked on the project, many of whom learnt new skills in order to build to high standards of energy efficiency. More than 40 apprentices also gained eco- experience on the site during the build. Keepmoat worked with WDH to explore and test renewable technologies to ensure products chosen for Park Dale gave confidence and best value, factoring in long-term maintenance costs.


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ECO-FEATURES AT PARK DALE INCLUDE: • Triple glazed windows – The size of the windows achieve excellent levels of natural daylight while not exceeding a total Heat Loss Parameter of 0.8.


• Mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems – The systems use a low energy fan to feed fresh filtered air into live/work/sleep areas which has been pre-warmed by recovering heat from the stale moist air pulled from kitchens, bathrooms and other indoor wet areas.


• District biomass heating system – Powered by renewable wood pellets, the system will provide heating and hot water for the whole scheme using a network of underground distribution pipes.


• High performance fabric elements –


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