Derwenthorpe, York, UK

Derwenthorpe is a mixed tenure community being developed by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) in partnership with David Wilson Homes, which when complete in 2019, will consist of around 500 new family homes on the outskirts of York. The scheme is being built in four phases; the first phase of 64 homes was completed in 2013, with the first residents moving in during 2012. The remaining phases are currently under construction.

Environmental sustainability is a key consideration at Derwenthorpe. Phase One homes were developed to Code for Sustainable HomesĀ  level 4 as a minimum, representing a 44% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to 2010 Building Regulations In order to achieve this, the homes are built with high levels of insulation, air tightness and daylight provision along with a communal biomass boiler.

The development also includes interventions designed to promote sustainable lifestyles and support the reduction in car use, including being sited on the Sustrans cycle way, provision of cycle voucher or bus vouchers and an on-site car club. Eighteen acres of green space and a pond include sustainable urban drainage and habitat provision.

The ZERO-PLUS project will aim to transform three properties into near zero energy homes. The properties will be located in Phase Four of the development, and will demonstrate the next generation of low energy and low carbon homes.