Carbon Challenge Sites – Zero Carbon


South Bank is the second of the exemplar Carbon Challenge sites being delivered by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The Carbon Challenge programme aims to deliver communities which embody best practice in sustainable design, construction and operation. They will act as test beds for the construction industry and inform future policy-making.




South Bank Development

The 7ha South Bank development will incorporate 295 dwellings of mixed types, green spaces, and additional mixed use elements. Every dwelling on site must meet the highest level of the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH): Level 6, which is ‘zero carbon’ (with allowable solutions).

The site is jointly owned by the HCA and Peterborough City Council, who appointed Morris Homes as the Developer for the site.

Carbon Challenge Inspector

Stroma Tech is the CSH Assessor, CEEQUAL Assessor and undertaking the SAP assessments.

We are also acting as the Carbon Challenge Inspector, whose role is to ensure ongoing compliance with the Carbon Challenge Standard Brief.

Furthermore, a Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) system has been installed on Plot M, which will monitor CO2 levels, humidity and temperature.  This examines how the occupants use the building, and the data enables the team to benchmark how design performance and in-use performance compare.

Sustainable and Renewable Technologies

A prototype plot, was developed to inform the delivery of the rest of the development. It employs a number of sustainable and renewable technologies including solar thermal, solar PV, biomass boilers, rainwater harvesting, and an MVHR (mechanical ventilation and heat recovery) system. Phase 1 is now complete.

Final specification:

  • traditional construction
  • triple glazing
  • MVHR
  • rainwater harvesting
  • highly efficient gas boilers with solar thermal panels.
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