Willmott Dixon’s digital construction platform Collida has signed a five-year partnership with Architype, the net-zero architect.
The partnership will give Collida access to Architype’s low-energy Passivhaus designs and technical expertise for its residential product Collida Living.
Seeking to develop a “new generation of sustainable homes”, Collida Living aims to deliver up to 90% lower running costs for residents compared to the average home. The platform also aims to achieve 20% lower embodied carbon against LETI benchmarks, delivered through modular construction.
Both public and private sector clients can use Collida to procure, design, deliver and maintain buildings. The platform brings together specialists in sustainable design, procurement, delivery and maintenance.
Collida has four main products: Collida Living for residential, Collida Learning for education, Collida Wellbeing for health care and Collida Bespoke for a personalised set of designs regardless of sector. While its Living and Bespoke products are now live, Learning and Wellbeing have yet to launch.
Willmott Dixon and Architype have worked together in the past, including on the UK’s first Passivhaus secondary school, Harris Academy Sutton in South London. Architype called the new partnership with Collida a “natural extension” of that collaboration.
Tim Carey, chief product officer for Collida, said: “Sustainability is one of Collida’s key values, and we are passionate about delivering net-zero carbon homes with integrity. We were drawn to Architype because of their shared values and Passivhaus expertise, which is a rigorous standard for carbon reduction.
“With the potential cost of retrofitting even recently built homes up to five times higher than doing the right thing now, Collida is committed to solutions that drive exemplar standards in both sustainable design and installation today.”
Mark Barry, director at Architype, said: “We are increasingly seeing how badly most new builds are working in the climate emergency – a problem that is only going to get worse as the planet heats up. Through Collida, people will benefit from high quality homes that perform well, with low cost bills, fresh air, natural daylight and no overheating or draughts.
“Collida is a great opportunity for all who want to see their residents have a better quality of home, and meet ambitious carbon commitments.”