‘Zero carbon’ scheme wins national award

A2Dominion's Simon Potts, A2Dominion's Rosie Nesbitt, the award sponsor, A2Dominion's John Knevett and host Tim Vine at the Housebuilder Awards ceremony. PNL-151211-100918001
A2Dominion's Simon Potts, A2Dominion's Rosie Nesbitt, the award sponsor, A2Dominion's John Knevett and host Tim Vine at the Housebuilder Awards ceremony. PNL-151211-100918001

The first phase of Bicester’s eco-town has received a national award.

Elmsbrook, at NW Bicester has won the award for best low or zero carbon initiative at the 2015 Housebuilder Awards. It was presented to lead developer A2Dominion.

Rosie Nesbitt, group director of sales and marketing said: “Elmsbrook at NW Bicester is a ground-breaking and inspirational project, and we are delighted to have won this award in recognition of its achievements as a true zero carbon scheme.

“All 393 new homes in the first phase are being built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5.

“Elmsbrook is also one of just 10 worldwide to be awarded Bioregional’s One Planet Living Status, which recognises the importance of enabling healthy, sustainable lives within a fair share of the earth’s resources.”

Judges said: “The clear winner for the judges was FABRICA by A2Dominion’s Elmsbrook development at NW Bicester, an excellent scheme which was helping customers understand the zero carbon agenda.”

A2Dominion was also crowned best medium housebuilder at the awards.

The developers claim Elmsbrook will be the UK’s only housing development to have zero waste to landfill during construction, including any excavation from roads and trenches.

The amount of carbon used during building has been reduced by 30 per cent per home through the embodied carbon of individual materials and local sourcing.

Electricity is generated from solar photo voltaic panels on every home which also have tablets providing energy use and cost information.

Other initiatives include cycle and pedestrian routes, a bus service from first occupation with bus stops within 400m of every home.

There is also an electric car partnership and charging network.