Green homes planned for former club building site

Social housing specialist Stonewater aims to construct four new eco-homes on the former site of a working men’s club in Chard, Somerset.

Stonewater is now working with Norwich-based experts in environmental homes Beattie Passive, to produce the new properties through the partnership known as Flying Factory.

The new homes will be constructed at rear of the building that formerly housed Chard’s working men’s club, which was converted into affordable accommodation in 2015 by Stonewater.

Now, Ashcot Construction, managing contractor for Stonewater, is completing training from Beattie Passive so it can deliver the new properties to the Passivhaus standard. Many architects in Chester, just like in Somerset, are now focusing on designs that involve eco-friendly features in line with the UK government’s sustainability goals.

Passivhaus is a cutting-edge low-energy building standard for construction to create homes that benefit from substantially lower heating costs, as well as improved air quality.

Special projects manager for Stonewater, Charlotte Brace, commented:

“The majority of heating required to heat the home comes from ‘passive’ sources such as sunlight and emitted heat from electrical appliances, meaning almost no traditional heating system is required.”

The new homes are receiving funding and support from South Somerset District Council and Homes England. South Somerset Councillor Val Keitch commented:

“We are pleased to enable the delivery of local eco-friendly housing which of course comes with additional benefits for the environment.”

The four new two-bedroom properties should be completed by the start of 2022.

Posted by Mark
March 22, 2021

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