UK’s first net zero home to rent for GBP6k-a-month but tenants will ‘save huge amount on bills’

A pioneering eco-house located in north London has been confirmed as the UK’s first “net zero” home. It is available for rent at nearly GBP6,000 per month. The property was built by Max Fordham, an engineer and designer who died in January. Fordham’s award winning house, which was built in 2019 on land that was once his garden, is now available for rent at a rate of GBP5,85 per month. This week’s ‘net zero’ certification was awarded. It was done in accordance with the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), and is the first residential scheme to achieve this benchmark. Max Fordham’s award-winning net zero Camden Town home / Lydia GoldblattThis certification means that the house has achieved the rare feat, ‘net zero’ carbon emission both in operation (i.e., the energy required to run the buidling and during construction. Finn Fordham, one Fordham’s sons said that his father loved living in this house. It is amazing how it requires almost no heating. It’s easy to imagine his joy at receiving another award, which is beyond the reach of his lifetime. “That lifetime was dedicated to beautiful design, engineering. It is important that the house’s design principles are emulated throughout the world as part of its legacy. “The Max Fordham House, named after its owner, was primarily a new building, with parts of the existing structures being re-used. Max Fordham House in Camden Town. Rent through Dexters starting at GBP5,850 per month / Tim CrockerIt was made with concrete with low carbon cement as well as natural materials like timber for the roof, window frames, facade, and roof. It features internal insulation made from woodfibre and cork flooring. The roof-mounted PV system supplies approximately 25% of the home’s electricity needs. The remaining electricity is supplied by a 100 percent renewable energy tariff. The home can achieve net zero carbon operation with no offsetting. Triple-glazed windows are installed so that no electric lighting is required during the day to ensure energy efficiency. Ali Shaw, principal engineer and partner at Max Fordham LLP said that it was a privilege to offer a pair of hands to Max’s vision and give him a comfortable, tailored house for his final years. It is a wonderful way to honor Max and his enormous contribution to sustainable building. The house was Passivhaus certified. “READ MOREEco homes clean toxic air and could help London households save billions of poundsNew-build homes in London: How your property’s central heating system could help the UK’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Rent in London: The cost of renting a flat across LondonAydan Dervish (manager of Dexters in Kentish Town, Camden) described the building as “an exciting development that pushes boundaries in building performance.” It will not only save future tenants a lot of money, but it will also make it a joy to live there thanks to its open-plan design and floor to ceiling windows that let in lots of light. “Dervish said the house was “the best combination of both worlds” because it is located in a quiet and peaceful mews but only a few streets from Camden Market. Max Fordham LLP designed the house, in collaboration with Price & Myers and bere:architects. It was built by Bow Tie Construction. Fordham was also an integral part of the design team. He founded Max Fordham LLP in building services engineering, which employs 250 people. He died in January at the age of 88.