YHG launches energy-efficiency experiment
Six research and development homes will help the housing provider find “innovative solutions” to homebuilding, delivered as part of its £24m Edgefield Green scheme in Manchester.
Contractor Lovell Partnerships will build the homes off Edge Lane in Openshaw later this year. The houses will feature energy efficient measures such as triple glazing, air source heat pumps, and solar panels.
Once occupied, Your Housing Group will gather data and monitor the energy efficiency of the equipment. This relates to how effective these measures are for carbon neutrality, as well as reducing utility costs for residents.
The model homes will be available to rent from Spring 2024.
Work started on the wider 216-home project designed by Edwards Architecture in November 2021.
The site of the former GE Alstom warehouse is being transformed to deliver 168 two- to four-bed houses, and 48 one- and two- bed apartments.
All 216 homes will be affordable.
The scheme was funded through YHG’s strategic partnership with Homes England, through which the homebuilder was granted £87.5m.
Jacque Allen, chief executive for YHG said: “It is fantastic to see the work completed so far at Edgefield Green, and share our plans for the R&D homes to help find innovative solutions for the future.”
Allen believes that research will help both the planet and the residents that YHG are creating the affordable homes for.
“Thanks to the support of Manchester City Council and Homes England, this development has allowed us to transform the site of a disused warehouse into a wonderful, vibrant community for Openshaw,” she continued.
Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and employment, added: “Everyone in this city deserves safe, secure and decent homes so every development that comes online that increases the number of homes accessible to our residents should be celebrated.”