Building Futures

PIONEERING NET ZERO HOUSING DEVELOPMENT GRANTED APPROVAL

Proposals for a ground-breaking ‘net zero’ housing development, as part of the £1.3bn Granton Waterfront regeneration project in northwest Edinburgh, were approved by city planners this week (12 January 2022).

The Granton D1 project is the first Edinburgh Home Demonstrator (EHD) pilot which will see the construction of 75 net zero carbon homes and three retail units in Granton.

The project is led by the City of Edinburgh Council with support from construction and academic partners and is part of the Council’s ambitions to deliver 20,000 affordable homes by 2027.

The project is being undertaken in partnership with CCG (Scotland) to test this new business model for building affordable, net zero homes, that will be built off-site and include zero emissions heating. This will help to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and support the city’s 2030 net zero target.

The pilot is also supported by a team from Napier University that will analyse the energy performance to validate and inform the net zero carbon strategy for future EHD projects. The EHD project aims to deliver 1,000 affordable net zero carbon homes across the six council areas in the City Region Deal.

With an ambitious target to become a ‘net zero’ city by 2030, both of these developments, alongside the 444-home Western Villages development, will act as a blueprint for future sustainable development and help Scotland to transition towards a greener economy.

Councillor Kate Campbell, Convener for the Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Committee, said: “All of the steps we’re taking to make homes more sustainable are also helping us to work towards eradicating poverty across our city. By making the running costs of a home more affordable we are helping residents to live more comfortably while tackling climate change and become net zero carbon by 2030.

“As this pilot development gains planning approval we’re getting a huge step closer to transforming the productivity and performance of affordable housing in the city which is incredible. We have incredibly ambitious plans which form the bedrock of our housing strategy over the next ten years. There is a critical need for more affordable homes in Edinburgh and we are responding to that through our commitment to deliver 20,000 social and affordable homes by 2027.”

Councillor Mandy Watt, Vice Convener for the Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Committee, said: “The Granton D1 development make sure there will be affordable places to live offering everyone the opportunity, with a large proportion being for social rent, to be a part of the wider Granton Waterfront regeneration – which includes the creation of one of Europe’s largest new coastal city parks. We hope to provide residents and visitors with the chance to reconnect with the city’s waterfront and take advantage of the new leisure and outdoor experiences that will be on offer – altogether fostering an environment that will benefit everyone’s health, community spirit and wellbeing.”

Calum Murray, CCG (Scotland) Director and Edinburgh Climate Commissioner, said: “The approval of Granton D1 is another important milestone for the City of Edinburgh Council and CCG. By working collaboratively alongside our partners, we are pioneering the delivery of affordable, net zero homes in Scotland and the Council is to be congratulated for taking these necessary first steps in the delivery of our country’s net zero carbon ambitions. CCG is delighted to be leading the design and build of Granton D1 where we will provide a cutting-edge demonstration in the use of fabric first design and construction technology . We look forward to advancing works on-site in the very near future.”

The wider Granton Waterfront regeneration project will bring over 3000 additional homes and create one of Europe’ s largest coastal city parks linking Granton Harbour to Cramond and Lauriston Castle, reconnecting the city with its waterfront and providing opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy spectacular views across the Forth while experiencing enhanced leisure and outdoor activities.

Granton D1 utilises a design philosophy established from the principles of the CCG Net Zero Home building standard and the Anderson Bell Christie Net Zero Carbon Design Guide which focuses on enhancing the building fabric, achieved through the use of offsite Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and CCG’s own, advanced ‘iQ’ Timber System; renewable energy solutions (including a gas-free heating system) and a ‘Community Carbon’ offsetting programme.

Energy and sustainability analysis has been undertaken by Carbon Futures and formal construction of the development is set to begin as early as Spring 2022.

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