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Vacant land to transform into energy efficient housing development in Kent

Vacant land to be transformed into one of the most energy efficient housing developments in Kent

Vacant land in Sittingbourne is set to be transformed into one of the most energy efficient housing schemes in Kent, after the land purchase completed earlier this month.

The new development of six high-quality, carbon neutral, family homes for rent, is being delivered by Public Sector Plc in partnership with NetZero Buildings, an award-winning off-site manufacturer responsible for the creation of Britain’s most energy-efficient schools.

The all-electric modular homes are able to achieve carbon neutrality thanks to their air-tight, well-insulated walls and feature photo-voltaic solar panel roof tiles, which enable the properties to generate their own electricity, making the homes environmentally friendly and aligned with the Government’s vision for new homes to be free from fossil-fuels. 

Instead of traditional build, the homes will be built off-site in a factory using modern methods of construction with Homes England providing debt finance to part fund the development.

From its factory in Cambridge, NetZero Buildings has pioneered the production of net zero carbon and energy positive buildings in Britain since 2014 and due to complete its 100th A+ EPC rated building later this year, which generate more energy than they consume.

This first development of six three-bedroom in Oak Road, Sittingbourne is due to be completed in Summer 2020 with the partnership progressing a further 6 carbon neutral housing developments across England.  

The development in Sittingbourne is seen as a blueprint for the future and also forms the basis of a new model for housing for local authorities seeking alternative ways to deliver housing quickly, as well as generating long term income streams through renting the properties to reinvest in vital council services impacted by austerity.

Adam Cunnington, CEO of Public Sector Plc, said: “We are extremely excited to be working in Kent and playing a role in helping to supply new homes to meet the ongoing need for new quality family homes for the community.  Britain not only faces a crisis in the quantity of homes but also the quality, as well as a global climate emergency.  We’re proud to be working with our partner NetZero Buildings in leading the way with a new generation of housing which helps to tackle all of these problems and deliver new much-needed homes in Swale.”

Steve Murphy, CEO of NetZero Buildings, said: “Having pioneered some of the most energy-efficient buildings in Britain we are proud to be delivering our first new homes, which are also among the most energy-efficient available anywhere in the country.  Building precision offsite manufactured homes is rapidly becoming a key contributor in helping to solve the UK housing crisis and to deliver homes that are aligned with the Government agenda for the UK to become a NetZero carbon economy by 2050.”