Q. How far does an entry need to go to demonstrate it achieves Premier Guarantee/NHBC warranty standard and zero carbon compliance.
A: “One means of demonstrating zero carbon compliance would be to run a SAP calc, and then provide sufficient renewables to offset any remaining carbon. Full compliance only needs be demonstrated at shortlist stage”.
Q: How far does an entry need to go to demonstrate it achieves NHBC warranty standard
A: Designs must meet the functional and performance standards respectively of the warranty providers requirements.
Q: With reference to Section 5: Type of House, we would be grateful if you could confirm whether 80m2 is the maximum building footprint or the plot size (including parking space and garden). If it is the former, please could you confirm what the maximum plot size?
A: This refers to the max building footprint and not the plot size which we cannot specify as this will be determined by how the winning design fits on to the riverside plot that has been selected and the number of units built that would best complement it.
Q: Is it Zero Carbon as defined by DECC and Code for Sustainable Homes level 6?
A: There are various, often conflicting, definitions of zero carbon. Code Level 6 requires a CO2 calculation demonstrating zero net emissions arising from heating, cooling, vent and small power. While an actual definition of zero carbon is not yet included in the Code guidance, for the purposes of this competition, this calculation would suffice as a demonstration of zero carbon at design stage.
Q. Could you confirm whether our submissions should be anonymous? Should the name of our practice and our team members be omitted from the boards and report.
For fairness, this is usually the case with competitions to ensure that the submissions are judged on the proposals alone.
A: The first stage of assessment is anonymous. If short-listed and when published in The Sunday Times the designs are then accredited to the architects.