Miller Zero is the hero of the day!

By Sue Warwick National Sales and Marketing Director of Miller Homes.

Yesterday was the VIP preview event for the Miller Zero project in Basingstoke and an overwhelming success for Miller Homes!

The weather was perfect with bright sunshine showing off the five houses each built to a different level of the Code for Sustainable Homes; in the best possible light.

Guests heard from Miller Homes’ Chief Executive Tim Hough before illuminating presentations were given from Stuart Baseley of the House Builders Federation and Jayne Lomas from The Homes & Communities Agency. Once the formalities were complete there was then the opportunity to view the homes and ask the experts on hand any questions.

The day was a celebration of Miller Homes’ achievement in being the first volume housebuilder to construct a carbon zero home on an active development as a sneak preview before the public launch this weekend.

Equipped with a full range of renewable and sustainable technologies the four-bedroom homes will allow buyers to improve their ‘green’ credentials whilst also benefiting from the associated reduced running costs from living in a carbon zero home.  Each of the homes has different key water energy and carbon reducing features including triple glazed windows rainwater harvesting a biomass boiler and photovoltaic solar panels.

Our attention to the environment has extended beyond the fabric of the properties to the interior as demonstrated by the showhome. ‘Eco’ fittings and furnishings include wallpaper made with 100% recycled paper biodegradable marmoleum flooring produced from natural renewable sources a feature chair made from recycled glass and low energy lighting throughout.

The Miller Zero project is a huge undertaking for Miller Homes in meeting the Government challenge of carbon zero homes by 2016 and it hasn’t gone unnoticed with significant interest from government industry and the media.

Journalists were in attendance on the day as well as throughout the week with visits including BBC Working Lunch and ex-Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Filbin and coverage is expected to continue.

Miller Zero reached a major milestone this week which is a real cause for celebration but this is not the end of the journey and we still have more to learn and share from the project  - it’s not time to put our feet up just yet so keep watching for future developments!