Taylor Wimpey launches zero carbon ready homes trial

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Taylor Wimpey has announced a zero carbon ready homes trial on a live development site.

The trial seeks to demonstrate how the industry can deliver homes compliant with the incoming Future Home Standard (FHS) in different ways through varying combinations of technologies. The launch follows the recent publication of Taylor Wimpey’s Net Zero Transition Plan. 

The five trial prototype homes, located at Taylor Wimpey’s development site in Sudbury, Suffolk, combine an array of low-carbon technologies, and have been designed to ensure they can be sold and lived in. The trial aims to find solutions that will enable Taylor Wimpey to build high quality, zero carbon ready homes that are deliverable at scale. It will collate customer feedback on the new homes, ensuring the business maintains its high standards of build quality and that the green technologies are easy and efficient to use in everyday living. 

The five homes will be 100% electric with triple glazing and enhanced building fabric to reduce heat loss. Inside, Taylor Wimpey is testing a range of energy-efficient technologies including various air source heat pumps, heat pump cylinders, electric panel heating, smart cylinders, Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR), Waste Water Heat Recovery (WWHR), underfloor heating, ‘thermaskirt’ heated skirting boards, infrared radiant heating, sleek photovoltaic solar systems, innovative battery storage and EV charging.

Completion of the five trial plots is expected in the coming weeks. The site will include a dedicated educational hub, which will showcase the approach, low-carbon technologies and materials used as part of the pilot. 

Jennie Daly, Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey, said:

The launch of our zero carbon ready homes at Sudbury marks an important milestone in helping us identify the best ways to reduce the energy intensity of our homes as well as identifying the challenges that will need to be overcome to do so at scale. This is a critical step in our journey to ensure we deliver on the UK’s net zero ambitions as well as deliver the new homes the country desperately needs.

The introduction of the Future Homes Standard and the UK’s ambition to be net zero carbon by 2050 requires big changes across the economy, including to our homes and developments. We have set out our Net Zero roadmap, which will ensure Taylor Wimpey reaches net zero five year ahead of the government’s target. We are proud to be collaborating with our supply chain partners through the full lifecycle of this trial development – from concept to customer experience – to create a sustainable blueprint for delivering customer-focused, zero carbon ready homes that are deliverable at scale.” 

The learning outcomes for our business through the early stages of this trial have already been huge from a design, technical and production perspective and are rapidly advancing the skills and knowledge required to design, build and sell these next generation homes.