Hastoe’s Passivhaus Approach for 2013

14/06/2013
Hastoe is adding four new rural Passivhaus housing developments to its ever-expanding portfolio, which will make a total of six by 2014, with more schemes in the pipeline. It is an exciting time for Hastoe; following on from the success of its first award-winning Passivhaus schemes, Wimbish in Essex and Ditchingham in Norfolk.

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Caption: Architects drawings (L-R):Burnham Overy Staithe, Horseheath and Hatfield Heath

Passivhaus is the common-sense approach to delivering well-designed, green and energy efficient homes, especially in rural areas where fuel poverty is highly significant.

All four schemes are rural exception sites to address an identified housing need in the specific local areas. Hastoe has worked closely with the parish councils and local authorities to bring each of these schemes to fruition.

Hatfield Heath, Essex, under Uttlesford District Council, has just been approved and includes a total of 13 homes for rent and one for shared ownership. This Passivhaus scheme will be the second to be built in Uttlesford. This will be an attractive scheme built using a mix of insulated render and oak cladding and the site is arranged around a central open space.

Another scheme is set to be built in Horseheath, Cambridgeshire, under the local authority of South Cambridgeshire. The development will consist of three units for rent on land received free from the local authority. The scheme will be part funded by the local authority and is to be built to a mix of Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and Passivhaus standards.

There are two schemes, Burnham Overy Staithe and Outwell, to be built under the local authority of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk. Burnham Overy Staithe will be five rented units and a mix of Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 and Passivhaus. This scheme, originally designed in 2007, provides five affordable housing units and an open market dwelling. Nestling in an area of outstanding natural beauty and on the edge of a conservation area, the design reflects the traditional Norfolk fisherman’s cottages that can be seen all along the coast, with the use of flint, clunch, red brick and clay pantiles which all help to anchor the development in the settlement. With all of the affordable units being built to of Code for Sustainable Homes level 4, 3 of the dwellings will also achieve the certified Passivhaus standard.

The scheme in Outwell will consist of 15 units - 13 for rent and two for shared ownership. All units here will be built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and Passivhaus standard. The houses in Outwell have been orientated north-south to take maximum advantage of passive solar gain. The design uses simple building forms and includes mono-pitch roofs and solar shading.

Kevin Hartnett, Business Development Director at Hastoe, said:

“We are delighted to be delivering these much-needed Passivhaus homes for the communities in these areas. Private rents and home ownership can often be out of reach for families in rural areas. Fuel poverty is also a big issue, so the homes will meet an identified need. On our first Passivhaus scheme, Wimbish, we have had the energy bills independently monitored. The findings show huge savings against traditional housing - up to a 90% reduction. For a three bedroom house we have seen bills around £105 for a full year, and just £62 for a two bedroom flat.
 
“The homes offer a very comfortable and healthy environment and are very popular with our residents. We are really grateful to the councils and parish councils who have helped make these schemes happen. At Hastoe, we deliver homes that people can afford, we invest in people and communities and we are in it for the long-term.”

These schemes were also developed with support from the Homes and Communities Agency.

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