What is Project 80?
The UK has set a legally binding target to bring all its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Construction is a big contributor to this, so the Government will introduce new Building Standards, known as the Future Homes Standard, in 2025.
These developments are believed to be the first of its kind in the country and the average home will have 80% less carbon emissions than one built now.
With Project 80, we are:
- Identifying the information requirements of our residents along with the most suitable method of disseminating that information
- Evaluating the performance of different products and technologies (both technically and from a user perspective)
- Understanding design principles that work well and should be adopted as standard
- Limiting any problems to a controlled environment and establishing what changes need to be made to overcome them, to avoid them becoming the norm in 2025
- Establishing methods to ensure value for money whilst maintaining performance
- Allowing us to make Future Homes decisions based on rigorous empirical evidence
“It’s a great project that showcases brilliant collaboration between organisations and meets all of the climate change requirements, whilst also shining a spotlight on the region.” - Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands
You can see the interim report of our first development Eco Drive, by clicking on the button below. It covers everything from the cost, design and construction, to the lessons learnt and recommendations going forward:
Our second development, Elvetham Road, was featured in the BBC series, We Are England. In the programme, ex pro-footballer Scott Golbourne and his business partner were shown the technology we used, to learn about ways they can lower their tenants' bills, while they develop 20 sustainable properties of their own. You can see the episode here – Money and Me: A Home without Bills? (starting at 21:25 in the programme).
This project is a collaboration between product suppliers, academic researchers from Birmingham City University, specialist contractors, architects, local building contractors, and the Building Alliance. Without your support, this would not be possible and we'd like to thank everyone of you.
If you’d like to find out more about Project 80, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Centre for The New Midlands - A Spotlight on Project 80
- Unlock Net Zero - Future Homes housing project launched
- Architectural Technology Journal (PDF download) - Project 80: Homes for the future (page 12)
- Birmingham Mail - Homeless man who wanted to 'end it all' has life turned around with a brand new house
The first stage of Project 80, where we utilised several different specifications to maximise research benefit.
The next stage of Project 80 featured 12 maisonettes built to lower carbon emissions and costs for our customers.