Project Description

Client: Crest Nicholson
Location: Nobel Park, Epsom
Units: 254
Type: Domestic
Year: 2012

Project Summary

Set up in 2012, the AIMC4 Consortium was a partnership set up to develop solutions to meet the requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 (energy) by optimising the fabric of a building using innovative materials, products and processes.  The consortium included Stewart Milne Group, Crest Nicholson plc, Barratt Developments plc, H+H UK Ltd and the Building Research Establishment.

The Challenges

The development at Nobel Park, Epsom was part of AIMC4 and was one of the first developments to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 criteria.  The role of AES Sustainability Consultants was to provide innovative solutions to the choice of materials in order to meet the strict criteria set out.  The project involved liaising with manufacturers during the design phase to evaluate, authenticate and model the potential options in SAP.

The greatest challenge was pushing boundaries with potential suppliers to find innovative and sustainable solutions that would meet the strict Code for Sustainable Homes criteria.   The result was a design solution that reduced carbon emissions, met the needs of Crest Nicholson’s customers and ultimately, a development that won the award for the best low or zero carbon initiative at the House Builder 2012 Awards.

“Overall, the AIMC4 Consortium identified the most efficient fabric first methods that meet the 44% CO2 reduction target for the same costs as meeting the current Building Regulations.” AIMC4

For more information, visit www.aimc4.com