Show House Magazine picks Renaissance as a sustainable development


Barratt London’s Renaissance was featured in the last month’s issue of leading trade magazine, Show House. 

In a focus on sustainability, Roger Hunt looks at the impact ‘zero carbon’ has on present and future housebuilding, and how the Government’s ‘code for sustainable homes’ regulations are promoting higher standards of sustainable design.

The code for sustainable homes is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. It aims to reduce carbon emissions and promote higher standards of sustainable design above the current minimum standards set out by the building regulations. It uses a 1 to 6 star system to rate the overall sustainability performance of a new home.

Hunt discusses the three core requirements a home needs to qualify as zero carbon, and states: “The full definition of Code 6 was embraced by Barratt London at its Renaissance development in Lewisham, which was designed by Assael Architecture. Construction began in 2008 and, while most of the 788 homes are Code 4, 11 of the townhouses, which form part of 35% of affordable housing, are Code 6”.

Renaissance is a landmark regeneration scheme in the heart of Lewisham, which has brought nearly 800 new homes and a new leisure centre to the area. The Code Level 6 timber frame townhouses at the development were designed to optimise energy efficiency and recyclability. Boasting sustainable features such as high performance thermal insulation and triple-glazing to reduce heat-loss, enhanced sound insulation to separating walls, low energy lighting, and a combined heat and power (CHP) to maximise energy efficiency, renewable energy in the form of solar panels on the roof of each townhouse, and grey water and rainwater recycling to reduce water use.

Follow the link to read the full article on The zero hour in Show Home magazine