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Living in and building Level 6 Homes

carbon_challenge_wide.pngBy 2012, all new-build housing must reach Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. But what would it be like to live in a Level 6 house? What does a zero-carbon home cost? These are the questions that Carbon Challenge, a testing framework for the deliverability, buildability, and marketability of zero-carbon housing and community projects, is meant to answer.

In this exclusive supplement download Hattie Hartman looks at two government-backed testing grounds for super-green housing:

1. The Bristol site encompasses the Grade II*-listed Hanham Hall, which will be refurbished for community use.

2. Southbank Phase 1 located in Peterborough, where the client and design team were determined to produce houses that were both at the cutting edge of low-carbon emissions and readily identifiable as family homes.

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