Passivhaus scheme goes ahead in Sussex

In Sussex, work has recently begun on a Passivhaus housing development aimed at creating new homes.

The scheme, designed by the architects PCKO, will cover an area of 2,000 square metres and cost £3.5m. This will create a total of 26 new homes. The houses will be constructed out of brick cladding around timber frames. The idea behind the choice of such traditional materials, rather than render that is typically used in Passivhaus schemes, is that it will be easier for UK builders to carry out the construction.

The Sussex scheme is due for completion in the spring of 2015 and will consist of homes that are no taller than two storeys high, arranged in groups, with every house having an entrance on the street to encourage sociability.

When completed, the new housing scheme, which will belong to the Hastoe Housing Association, will create homes for local people who would not usually be able to afford to buy properties in the area. The housing association has already provided several other Passivhaus developments in rural parts of southern England, with the stated aim of reducing fuel poverty.

Passivhaus standards involve the construction of buildings that are extremely air tight and thermally efficient, preventing heat from being lost through the fabric of the house or junctions between materials.

Flintshire council is also looking to improve energy efficiency, with news that 20,000 households spend over 10% of their income on housing bills. A suitably qualified architect in North Wales will be capable of designing buildings that limit wasteful heat loss, reducing resident’s fuel bills and fossil fuel use.

Posted by Mark
February 27, 2014

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