Our Blackrock Street development in Beswick contains 22 homes (a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses) for social rent and is a completely low carbon scheme. Two of the three bedroom properties have achieved zero carbon status, making them the first true net zero carbon social homes in the UK.
Take a look at the video below showing the most recent work on how we've built the development so far, we will update with more videos as the development progresses.
To see the work from December 2020 up to February 2021, please take a look at the first Video Update instalment!
The video below shows the work from February 2021 to April 2021...
We will achieve the status of low and zero carbon through reducing:
Embodied carbon is carbon created during the build process such as using non-recycled materials. As part of the development process, we have used Modern Methods of Construction, including insulated panels which can be erected in days. This means that not only is build time dramatically reduced, but the materials used are much more sustainable.
Operational carbon is carbon created in running the house such as heating and cooling. All of these homes have a high-level insulation, including 500mm of roof insulation to keep as much heat in as possible. We’ve also used triple glazed windows, and removed gas as a source of heating, replacing it with electric cookers, electric panel heaters and Air Source Heat Pumps, which produce energy from temperature differences to heat water for the home.
The team at One Manchester worked closely with partners to create a development of this kind. Expertise from Eco-res, GWPA Architects and John Southworth Builders allowed us to reach the high build standard, while making sure we met the criteria for low carbon living and continued to support the community through job placements and donations.