Project 80

We’re really proud to be leading this pioneering project, working alongside our partners, and welcoming new residents to this unique development.

What is Project 80?

The aim of Project 80 is an initial development to build 12 homes in the Handsworth area of Birmingham that meet the government’s Future Homes Standard.

The UK has set a legally binding target to bring all its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The built environment is a big contributor to this, so as part of the journey the Future Homes Standard will be introduced in 2025.

Under this standard, an average home built to it will have 75-80% less carbon emissions than one built to current energy efficiency requirements (Approved Document L 2013). This is expected to be achieved through very high fabric standards and a low carbon heating system.

The homes built on Grosvenor Road will be ‘normal homes’, built largely using regular materials which have been sourced locally, demonstrating the practicability of the Future Homes Standard.

Chris Miller, Director of Development, at Midland Heart

The development sees an exciting collaboration of:

  • Midland Heart
  • Building products suppliers
  • Academic researchers from Birmingham City University
  • Specialist contractors
  • Architects
  • Local building contractors Tricas
  • The Building Alliance

The scheme is innovative and believed to be the first of a kind in England. The exterior of the houses looks like traditional brick construction however, the methods of construction and the materials used have been innovatively developed and applied to improve the thermal efficiency of the properties.

The development of the scheme is also innovative in the way that it is being worked on with multiple stakeholders and partners to help create exemplar practices to inform future construction methods.

An important focus of Project 80 is to put the resident of these homes at the centre of the project.

As some aspects of living in these homes will be unusual, we’ll provide user guides, while the views of residents will be collated to understand the implications of living in new, more thermally efficient and environmentally kind homes.

We’re due to take the first handovers in January 2022.

If you’d like to find out more, you can email us using media@midlandheart.org.uk or for the very latest, please visit our news section.