Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
C-Zero received a £3m grant from DECC’s Low Carbon Investment Fund. This initiative was to stimulate the building of low-carbon, affordable homes using innovative, highly insulating, renewable materials. DECC’s aim is to demonstrate the viability of these materials, and act as a spur for the renewable construction materials industry. It will also help to engage the affordable housing sector in the low-carbon agenda.
Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)
The HCA is committed to supporting new and emerging Government sustainability policy – particularly in response to the zero carbon targets of 2016 and the Code for Sustainable Homes. Renewable construction is one of a number of cutting edge ‘Exemplar programmes’ supported by the HCA, through which the HCA seeks to demonstrate the added value of setting higher quality standards right across the government’s house building programme.
DECC and the HCA collaborated with C-Zero and the National Non Food Crop Centre on the development of the "Renewable House" at the BRE. The Renewable House was built to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and made compliant with National Affordable Housing Programme standards, using renewable materials including Hemcrete, hemp insulation and timber frame.
South Norfolk Council (SNC)
Long Meadow would not have been possible without SNC’s support. SNC recognised the need for the provision of affordable housing to local people and has supported and helped with the creation of this innovative solution. SNC will have an ongoing role in ensuring that any homes at Long Meadow which are re-sold continue to be available only for local people, and retaining the initial discount to open market value.
Flagship Housing Group
Flagship is one of the largest providers and managers of affordable housing in East Anglia, with a well-earned reputation for the highest level of customer service. Flagship own 15 of the properties at Long Meadow, forming an integral part of the community.
Khoury Architects is a practice of creative and imaginative architects, committed to designing contemporary and innovative buildings that are socially, economically and environmentally responsible. Khoury Architects are the sole architectural practice for the scheme at Long Meadow and has been commissioned to manage the project through planning and on to construction completion.