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SDC Welcomes Ministerial Launch of Code 4 Housing Development

25 March 2010

Jim Kitchen

Head of the Northern Ireland Sustainable Development Commission Jim Kitchen has welcomed the launch by Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie of a new housing scheme in East Belfast today. The development of 17 townhouses will be the first social housing scheme in Northern Ireland to meet the level 4 requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Mr Kitchen stated:“Today’s announcement by Minister Ritchie is to be welcomed and the department deserves credit for pushing forward with initiatives of this kind.  The design and construction of more homes which reach high standards of sustainability and efficiency is not only good for those who will live in them, but for the lead this provides to the private sector, the boost and skills training it will provide for the construction industry, and perhaps most importantly, for the wider community in which these homes will be located. 

Houses built to this level of sustainability will have a reduced environmental impact and will also provide the added benefit of reduced energy bills for residents.  These are the kind of twin benefits which make sense environmentally, socially, and economically.  As a result of today’s announcement the Sustainable Development Commission hopes that more and more of these developments, in the public and private sectors, will serve as markers on the journey towards zero carbon housing in the near future.”


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