The proposal for creation of Scotland’s largest net zero housing developments got approval from Edinburgh City Planners under the 444-home Western Villages scheme which is being led by the City of Edinburgh Council.
The council is in partnership with architect Cooper Cromar and contractor CCG (Scotland) for this scheme. The development will form part of the Granton Waterfront Regeneration, where more than 3,500 homes are planned for the next ten years.
There will be a mix of different apartments comprising one, two or three bedrooms. The facilities also include wheelchair-accessible ground-floor dwellings, available in a mix of social (195), mid-market rent (62), market rent (63) and private sale tenures (124).
The homes have been designed within a master plan that will take advantage of parkland and sea views. There will also be emphasis placed on pedestrian and cycle movement with electrical car charging, car club accessibility and public transport in favour of traditional car parking.
The ‘Net Zero Home’ house building standard is part of the homes designed to the principles of CCG’s new terms. The design has been developed in collaboration with energy and sustainability consultancy, Carbon Futures.
The Net Zero Home focuses on enhanced fabric performance, low-carbon heating and renewable technology as part of a gas-free energy strategy. This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions arising from regulated operational energy use to a rate less than or equal to zero per year.