Persimmon Homes has completed construction on a new zero carbon home pilot.

The home at Persimmon’s  Backbridge Farm development in Malmesbury is the housebuilder’s second, following a similar project in York last year. 

Features include solar panels, an air source heat pump system coupled with a hot water cylinder, and the integration of a waste water heat recovery system. The home is built using Persimmon’s Space4 timber frame.

It has an EPC A rating and comes with additional loft insulation and thermally efficient walls and floors. An electric vehicle charging point is also installed.

Group technical director, Duncan Shaw, said: “Our vision is to be Britain’s leading homebuilder and we have an important responsibility to reduce our environmental impact through our operations, supply chain and the homes and communities we build.

“We want to ensure our customers can live more sustainably in a cost-effective way in the years to come, and this project will provide vital insight into how we can build such homes at scale, including the end results for homeowners.

“Persimmon is grateful to the numerous contractors that have helped us to deliver this home and to Wiltshire Council and Malmesbury Town Council for working collaboratively to bring affordable zero carbon homes one step closer for local people.” 

Local contractors on the project included Conlon (groundworks), Stenner Bricklaying (exterior), H&B Carpenters (interior), Kennett (roof), Heatwise (plumbing), Clarkson Evans (electrical and PV solar), Fastglobe (mastic work), SMP (paintwork), JA Wicks (wall tiling), PE Board (dryling), GM Kitchens, TW Landscapes, KMC Cleaners and Construction Site Scaffolding.

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