The Build timeline

The Tarmac homes project complete
Week 40 homes complete
Week 36
Week 35
Week 32
Week 30
Week 28
Week 21, 22, and 23
Weeks 19 and 20
Weeks 17 and 18
Week 16
Weeks 14 and 15
Week 13
Week 12
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Week 9
Week 8
Week 7
Week 6Tarmac Topfloor Hollwcore being installed - see more images on Flickr
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Week 1



What is the Tarmac Homes project?

Tarmac Homes: a breakthrough for affordable, scaleable zero carbon housing

The UK faces major housing challenges and many questions as it strives to cut its energy usage.

How can the UK make the step change required to deliver zero carbon housing by 2016?

Is it possible to build zero carbon properties which are affordable and also scaleable?

Is it achievable to build Code Level 6 homes using existing masonry techniques with a mix of renewables?

The Tarmac Homes project will provide positive answers to all these questions. 
As part of the University of Nottingham’s Creative Energy Homes initiative, Tarmac Homes is the first UK research project to answer these critical questions for housebuilders, Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), developers and Government.

The build

Starting in January 2009, Tarmac and its project partners Lovell, Bill Dunster Architects and the University of Nottingham’s School of the Built Environment will build two detached homes (one to Code Level 4 and the other to Code Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes) using conventional, ready-available masonry products and techniques.



Project aims

This exciting project aims to provide practical answers to the questions which surround the Code for Sustainable Homes. As a live testbed site, the Tarmac Homes project will demonstrate how the highest levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes can be practically achieved at a low cost whilst also providing a template for future zero carbon housing across the UK that can easily be replicated.

Post build

Once built, the homes will provide accommodation for visiting academics to the University of Nottingham. In order to understand exactly how the properties perform, they will be continually monitored using state-of-the-art testing equipment which will analyse fuel usage, and the performance of materials and technologies as well as any ways in which the occupants adapt to living in low and zero carbon homes.

What will be happening?

As a brief summary, the following activities are scheduled to take place in each month.  This is a guide only and we will confirm what stage of build you are likely to see on the date you visit. 

March - installation of floors and completion of brick and blockwork
April - installation of roof, PV, solar thermal panels, wind cowl and windows
May - external insulation and render & first fix internally
June - plastering
July - second fix internally
August - decoration and snagging / commissioning


Would you like to visit the site?

See the Visit the Site page

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Do you think the UK will meet its target of 3 million new homes by 2020?

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Did you know?

Fact 35

63% of people want their home to have a system which collects supplementary water and rainwater, and uses it back in the home for washing, toilets etc.
Source: Energy Saving Trust 2008