Elvetham Road

Project 80 is a pioneering development, where we are building new homes to help model the Future Homes Standards – requiring a reduction of 75-80% in carbon emissions over current building regulations.

The project is a collaboration between product suppliers, academic researchers from Birmingham City University, specialist contractors, architects, local building contractor Tricas, and the Building Alliance.

At Elvetham Road, we built 12 maisonettes with technology designed to minimise carbon emissions and significantly lower energy costs for our customers.

The technology

All of our homes at Elvetham Road have exhaust air heat pumps that work as ventilation systems, which also produce both space heating and hot water. We have also installed pv/solar panels too, which produce localised electricity for the homes.

Our development was featured in the BBC series, We Are England, where ex pro-footballer Scott Golbourne and his business partner were shown around Elvetham Road, as they look to learn about ways to lower their tenants' bills, while developing 20 properties of their own in Birmingham. You can see the episode here – Money and Me: A Home without Bills? (starting at 21:25 in the programme).

We’d like to thank the following for their input and support with this pioneering housing development:

It is imperative that we base our future decisions on the design and construction of new homes on real life evidence rather than desktop studies. Project 80 will be an ongoing and an exciting journey.

Mike Leonard, CEO of Building Alliance & Visiting Professor in Manufacturing and Construction at Birmingham City University