All new council homes in North Kesteven will be zero carbon

All new council homes built in North Kesteven will be zero carbon under a new directive.

The site at Potterhanworth where new Passivhaus council homes are to be built. EMN-210604-113520001

In a major step to achieve net zero carbon status throughout the district by 2030 the authority’s executive board has agreed a new homes delivery plan which means that all council homes approved for building will have to meet a zero carbon specification.

These homes will also have to reach the Passivhaus Standard – an internationally recognised environmental mark awarded to homes built with top energy-saving solutions including design and materials which stop the unnecessary movement of air, avoiding loss of heat and even heat reclamation systems to boost their efficiency.

The council is currently building eight more of these homes in Potterhanworth with Lindum carrying out the work.

Deputy Chief Executive Philip Roberts said: “The council has already built two homes to Passivhaus standard at Welchman Way in Heckington and has eight more underway at Moor Lane, Potterhanworth.

“Over the past 10 years of council house building we have consistently applied specific build technologies and insulation techniques to minimise environmental impact and maximise energy and cost efficiency for tenants, but to have these new standards established as ‘our NK standard’ is a major development that builds on that long-held ethos.”