The scheme is being developed as an urban extension of over 500 new homes in York. It is due for completion in 2018.
Researchers found that:
- Derwenthorpe residents had lower than average carbon footprints from energy use in their homes compared with national survey respondents, as a result of their homes’ energy-efficiency standards.
- Nine out of 10 residents were satisfied with their homes, similar to national satisfaction levels for owner occupiers, but exceeding those for social renters.
- A significant early achievement has been the high level of community activity and involvement. Residents’ level of connectedness was very high; on average, households cited eight other residents as friends.
- Challenges were evident, including how to support residents to make best use of energy-efficiency measures.
Although zero carbon policies have been abandoned nationally, it is clear that housing providers can to reduce residents’ overall carbon footprints substantially by building to higher environmental standards.