A disused and walled off former industrial site is being transformed into an entirely public and car-free landscape. The Climate Innovation District is the UK's largest urban sustainable development and the first time in 90 years for Leeds to build homes in its city centre. Its aspiration is to accelerate the transition to zero carbon cities, starting in Leeds.
The housing scheme is creating over 700 homes and a mix of commerical spaces. Designed to be a convivial neighbourhood promoting a sustainable lifestyle, there will be greenery, public spaces, shared gardens where residents can sit and relax, or just catch up with neighbours.
All homes are designed to be at the highest standards of energy efficiency, built with air tight thermal envolopes, MVHR systems and tripple glazed windows. The homes are expected to have heating requirements up to 10 times lower than a traditional house.
The first 6 homes completed in summer 2018.
All Citu Homes are built with a timber framed design. The insulated timber panels are built in our factory, which is adjacent to phase 2 of the site, and assembled on site. Each Citu Home stores over 46 tonnes of carbon in its timber frame. When accounting for all transport and assembly emissions, and embeded carbon in non-timber compotents, the Citu Home is still carbon negative thanks to its timber compotents. Each one stores 23 tonnes more CO2 in its timber frame than is emited from its construction.