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CIOB CEO praises Passivhaus homes

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Caroline Gumble (centre) visits the Passivhaus site

Building work to deliver new Passivhaus housing on behalf of City of York Council has been hailed as best practice in the creation of zero-carbon homes following a visit from CIOB.

Caddick Construction welcomed CIOB chief executive Caroline Gumble to its Burnholme Green site – one of two developments under construction for the council’s housing delivery programme.

The development comprises 78 Passivhaus homes which have been designed to rigorous energy efficiency standards.

The visit came 18 months after Caddick Construction started work on site, alongside its delivery of a further 34 Passivhaus homes at Duncombe Square.

Houses at the Burnholme Green development

Gumble commented: “As part of a fantastic day with built environment professionals in York, I enjoyed meeting some of the Caddick Construction team and seeing their work to create the city’s first ever zero-carbon homes.

“I was impressed with what I saw and with the approach to delivering certified Passivhaus homes, the focus on energy efficiency and keeping the construction low carbon. This is going to be such an important part of the future of the industry and it’s great to see it being embedded now.”

Designed by Mikhail Riches, both the Burnholme Green and Duncombe Square developments will feature a range of one to four-bedroom homes constructed with low-carbon timber.

Features include rooftop solar panels and air-source heat pumps. It is the biggest Passivhaus development in the north of England and 60% of energy-efficient homes will be offered for shared ownership and social rent.

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