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£5m new funding for renewable heat announced

  
  
  

A third phase of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Social Landlords competition was launched this month. We wanted to make you aware of this new funding opportunity to get your homes to lower carbon.

Last month millions of pounds were awarded to 72 social housing projects across the UK. Great to see SHIFT members doing so well. The competitive nature of the bids submitted during the Phase Two competition has generated an under spend which is being used to launch two further competitions, each with a budget of approximately £2.5m.

The two competitions are:

1)      Phase Three competition

This competition will be open to all eligible Social Landlords who will have until 9 October 2023 to apply. Improvements have been made to the competition’s design after assessing the landlords’ feedback. These include lengthening the application window to nine weeks and relaxing the requirement to provide energy bill information until the delivery phase. Also, to help support the bid application process for busy landlords, a reasonable level of consultancy fees will be allowable.

Low scores on the scheme’s self-scoring matrix may have discouraged some landlords from proceeding with their applications in Phase Two. Landlords should be aware that ALL bids submitted in the original competition were approved and they can now consider being more ambitious in their in their deployment plans. However, if the competition is oversubscribed, monies will be allocated on the basis of the results of the scoring matrix submitted with the highest bids receiving funding.

Want to apply? You need to provide three documents;

  1. The Invitation to Bid
  2. The Scoring Template and Supporting Document
  3. A de minimis declaration (if applicable).

Download these documents here

2)      Phase Two “Top Up” competition

This competition is open only to the winners of the Phase Two competition and they are invited to increase their bids up to a total of £2.5m. The rules of the original competition will apply and individual bids will continue to be capped in accordance with State Aid rules. In addition, a minimum Value for Money score will be set. This is a short-window competition and bids need to be received by 24pm on 28 August 2023 because entrants will already have most of the information ready to bid. All Renewable Heat Premium Payment Social Landlords Phase 2 competition winners will be contacted directly in relation to this competition.

Details of the Social Landlords competition – Phase 2

The Phase 2 Social Landlords competition is now closed and the list of successful bidders can be found here.

The main aim of the scheme is to encourage the installation of renewable heat technologies, particularly in social housing in off-gas grid areas. Registered social landlords were invited to bid for money to support the installation of renewable heating systems in social housing stock. Given the high demand last year, the overall budget for this year’s scheme has doubled to £10 million.

As in the previous competition, the maximum amount per project is set at the sterling equivalent of €200,000: this ensures that we are aligned to the European Commission’s rules for state aid funding which allows state funding up to a threshold of €200,000 (de minimis). All projects will need to be completed by 31st March 2013.

If you are interested in more options to make your housing stock more energy efficient, Baker Homes offers a variety of courses such as Energy Efficiency for Asset Managers.

You may also want to understand fuel poverty. Come along to the national conference provided in association with the Homes and Communities Agency.

Article written by Amanda Gregor

 

Big milestone for Green Deal – registration open

  
  
  

A £7m loan from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to The Green Deal Finance Company (TGDFC) has been agreed today that will allow TGDFC to continue developing its offer of low cost finance, expected to be available early in 2013. Green Deal Providers will be able to access finance through TGDFC, enabling them to offer low cost finance packages to consumers upgrading their homes under the Green Deal.

The Green Deal is also being considered as an early candidate for the use of infrastructure guarantees, Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, announced today. DECC and HM Treasury are jointly looking at whether and how credit enhancement could work to catalyse private finance to get the Green Deal off to a successful start. This demonstrates the Government’s commitment to working with the private sector to provide finance at a low but sustainable cost to Green Deal customers.

The register for Green Deal Providers, Assessors and Installers will also open. The register will give the seal of approval to businesses that successfully go through the authorisation process.

All authorised Green Deal Providers, Assessors and Installers will have to display the new Green Deal Quality Mark to demonstrate they comply with the required Green Deal standards. This will be vital for protecting customers from any rogue traders. Only registered and authorised businesses will be able to use this mark.

Businesses wishing to become Green Deal Providers can apply directly online to become authorised, while accredited certification bodies will be able to submit the details of Assessors and Installers they have certified to the new Green Deal standards for approval.

New guidance is available on the DECC website which clearly explains what is required get the Green Deal Quality Mark and to become an authorised Provider. This complements existing guidance setting out how to become an authorised Assessor or Installer.

On 28th September in London and 10th October in Manchester Baker Homes and partners are holding a national fuel poverty conference. Speakers include Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Professor, Oxford University, Sally Hancox, MBE, of Gentoo Housing Group and David Shewan, Parity Projects, who will outline the fuel poverty analysis undertaken of a housing association.

Want to understand fuel poverty better or gain ideas about potential solutions? Come along. CLICK HERE

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Green light for UK’s first national eco town scheme

  
  
  

from: Steve Hornblow, NW Bicester project director at A2Dominion Group

Phase one of the North West (NW) Bicester eco development, Exemplar, has become the first eco town scheme in the country to receive the green light for work to start, with construction due to begin later this year.

A2Dominion Group, a SHIFT member, is the lead developer and provider of affordable housing for the Exemplar phase of 393 highly efficient homes and will provide the affordable housing for the wider masterplan development of 5,000 homes in total.

Constructed over the next five years, Exemplar is a ground-breaking development which will integrate cutting-edge eco technology, economic opportunities and community engagement to provide the flagship homes of tomorrow for Bicester

Cherwell District Council’s Planning Committee approved the planning application last August, subject to a legal agreement ensuring community infrastructure for the benefit of existing and future residents of the town. This process is now complete, after close collaboration with Oxfordshire County Council and Bicester Town Council, giving the development full approval to proceed.

Conditions of the agreement meet with Eco Bicester’s aspirations for a more sustainable community in Bicester as a whole and the character of the development is designed to ensure it strengthens and complements the rest of the town.

The Exemplar phase is set within 50 acres of which 40 per cent will be green space and the homes are designed to be true zero-carbon, delivering exceptional quality of life for residents.

Built to an inspiring level of sustainability (Code Level 5), the development will include significant levels of insulation, high thermal performance and rainwater harvesting.

The combined heat and power district heating system within Exemplar will provide higher efficiencies and better pollution control than localised boilers with one of the lowest carbon footprints of all fossil generation plants.

Exemplar will encompass the UK’s largest residential solar array to generate electricity and benefit from a highly efficient district heating system, all of which will lead to much lower household bills for residents. 

A key target for NW Bicester is that no more than 50 per cent of trips taken by residents will be made by car. Currently 67.5 per cent of trips in Bicester are made by car. Each home in Exemplar will be built with the ability to easily add an electric car charging point. Cycle stores will also come as standard and the development will have marked cycle-ways linking directly into the town’s existing cycle network.

There will be a bus stop within 400m maximum of every home. To ensure residents don’t miss the next bus, the in-home information system called the Shimmy, will provide a real-time timetable from the nearest stop.

The school, community hall, retail and business elements are designed to be central to the development creating a village feel. Community streets will incorporate communal barbecue areas, herb boxes, allotments and seating and will be designed to encourage children to play in the street safely.

As part of the commitment, A2Dominion will be facilitating the development of a community-led governance structure to offer both existing and new residents and businesses the opportunity to come together to make decisions about the issues that affect their immediate area.

Meanwhile the Local Business Portal has already seen a high level of interest from local businesses and suppliers accessing information on the opportunities to get involved.

Together, the council and A2Dominion are committed to achieving 20 per cent local labour on site and A2Dominion is already working with Bicester Job Club and Jobcentre Plus to accomplish this. A minimum of ten apprenticeships will also be made available over the next five years.

The A2Dominion Group is very proud to be working with Cherwell District Council to deliver the UK’s first eco town at NW Bicester.

This is an ambitious project which will create a truly unique development. NW Bicester approaches sustainable living realistically, providing people with the tools to benefit from a real community environment, reduced home running costs and the latest green technologies.

As we prepare to begin work on the first Exemplar phase later this year, and with a highly experienced consultant team in place, A2Dominion is looking forward to also advancing the masterplan for the wider site, with much already being done in tandem with the development of Exemplar.

 

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Registered Providers pivotal to Green Deal success

  
  
  

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Baker Homes have today published Dealing Green: Options for Registered Providers, designed to help the sector realise the benefits of the Green Deal for their business and their residents.

The guide sets out options for how Registered Providers and local authorities can get involved in the government’s Green Deal initiative to make 14m homes more energy efficient by 2025.

As part of its enabling role the HCA has supported the guide so that it can inform Registered Providers and help them best take advantage of the Green Deal. Both the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) are described in the guide, as are the implications for providers of social housing. The guide also outlines the key decisions that they need to make, and suggests the risks and advantages attached.

Richard Hill, Deputy Chief Executive at the HCA, said: “The Green Deal demonstrates the government’s determination to tackle carbon emissions from domestic and commercial buildings, and affordable housing providers have a pivotal role to play in greening our homes.

“We all know that reducing our impact on the environment can often save money at home. However the Green Deal goes further, and provides an innovative way of removing the barrier of high upfront costs to residents and creates new jobs in the sector. I hope this guide is a helpful tool in enabling affordable housing providers to realise the many benefits of the Green Deal.”

The Green Deal Regulations were published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 11 June 2024, and will come into force in October this year.

Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Baker Homes, said: “Improving the energy efficiency of our 25 million homes is a significant challenge. It also provides huge opportunities for enterprising organisations to create solutions. We hope the framework we have developed and the case studies are of use to the sector.”

Richard Baines, Director of Sustainable Development at Black Country Housing Group, said: “This guide is an essential read for all social landlords and useful to local authorities that don’t have a landlord role. Use it as a starting point to research your own approach to the Green Deal and you won’t go far wrong.”

To download the Dealing Green Guide please click here.

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For more media information please contact Tim Abbott in the HCA press office, 020 7874 5874 / tim.abbott@hca.gsi.gov.uk

Notes to editors:

The Green Deal helps people pay for energy saving improvements to their homes to keep them warm and cosy. With the Green Deal people can pay for some or all of the work they have done with the savings they would expect to make on their energy bills. At the same time, it will reduce the amount of gas and electricity householders need and help keep their heating bills down. The Green Deal is like a loan – but for the home. The payments are agreed at the start, and the loan stays with the property if the occupier moves. A subsidy from energy suppliers, ECO, will provide extra help for those most in need and for properties that are harder to treat.

ECO will make £350m available for Affordable Warmth for vulnerable and fuel; poor households; £760m for hard to treat properties; and £190m for Carbon Saving Communities ECO. Registered Providers can apply for the latter two. 

ECO replaces Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and the Community Energy Saving Programme, which is expected to no longer be available from the end of December 2024.

For more information visit: https://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/green_deal/green_deal.aspx

The Homes and Communities Agency is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England, and is the Regulator of Social Housing Providers. Its vision is to:

  • Create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas; and
  • Undertake robust economic regulation that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer.

For more information visit: https://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/newsevent

Baker Homes helps organisations build and refurbish homes sustainably. They acts as the secretariat for the affordable housing best practise group (SHIFT). They also provide accredited sustainable housing training on the Code for Baker Homes and the Green Deal and Housing Quality Indicators.

For more information visit: https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/

 

New guidance for local authorities to improve energy efficiency of homes

  
  
  

New guidance to help local authorities in England improve the energy efficiency of theirPlans required for existing homes residential housing has been published today. The guidance, issued under the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA), asks local authorities to publish a report on their plans to achieve improved energy efficiency by 31 March 2013.

Local authorities will be required to identify practicable and cost-effective measures likely to result in significant energy reduction in all residential accommodation in their area.

The guidance also asks local authorities to consider the role key local partners, such as social housing providers and community organisations, can play in supporting their plans.

The Green Deal, which allows the cost of new energy efficiency measures to be attached to a building’s electricity meter, will be significant in helping local authorities to achieve their aims.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:

“Local authorities have a vital role to play in improving the energy efficiency of residential homes in their areas, and helping us meet our ambitious energy targets.

“This new robust guidance will support and encourage all local authorities to realise the significant benefits of upgrading homes. The Green Deal will be a fantastic tool to help with this, and I look forward to hearing how local authorities are using it to enable people to save energy and money.”

The Government strongly believes that local authorities are best placed to assess the green needs and ambitions of their areas, which they know better than anyone else. A well developed report in response to HECA, highlighting key opportunities, will help attract potential funding partners to work with the authority and other local community groups and stakeholders to the benefit of local residents and businesses.

The new HECA guidance will provide a clear outline of what is required, and local authorities will have to report on progress in implementing their proposed measures every two years.

On 28th September in London and 10th October in Manchester Baker Homes and partners are holding a national fuel poverty conference. Speakers include Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Professor, Oxford University, Sally Hancox, MBE, of Gentoo Housing Group and David Shewan, Parity Projects, who will outline the fuel poverty analysis undertaken of a housing association.

Want to understand fuel poverty better or gain ideas about potential solutions? Come along. CLICK HERE

 

3 reasons Bradley won the tour and what it means for housing

  
  
  

Sunday was a very special day for British cycling. The domination of the British lead Sky Team in the Tour de France was impressive. Bradley Wiggins won the tour comfortably, the first British person to win this race in 109 years, in addition other Brits also dominated. Chris Frome came second in the overall race, and Mark Cavendish, can claim to be the most successful sprinter of the tour. Ever.

Some will say, well it is partly down to the millions Pinarello, the cycle manufacturer, and SKY, the main sponsor put into the team. That is true, but other teams put millions into their preparation and weren’t as successful. There are some elements to their Tour de Trance win that we can learn from in the housing sector.

1)      Lead from the front – Those of you that watched the tour will have seen the Sky team powering ahead at the front of the peloton. The peloton is the name for a group of cyclists riding together.

The peloton came to Bradley and asked him if he could be the “boss of the peloton”. This would have given him the role of being the spokesperson of the group of riders.

This is what happens when you are out in front. Currently those piloting and researching howstaffordshire housing association to manage the Green Deal are being asked to speak at conferences on their experience. Staffordshire Housing Group, are analysing how at risk their properties are from fuel poverty and investment planning to reduce fuel poverty in their homes. They are speaking at the national fuel poverty conference on September 2024. 

When you lead from the front – you gain recognition and other opportunities to speak or network with others. 

2)      Understanding your assets – Bradley and the team knew they had hill climbers that could race and protect Bradley in the mountains.  They did not have to be concerned with slight losses of time on the flats or in the early stages.

Up until the La Planche des Belles Filles stage, a 199km race day, Cancellara, another cyclist in the tour, had been in the yellow jersey (the jersey the leading cyclist wears) for one week.   Bradley and the team held their nerve and waited for the other teams to get tired. They knew that they had the depth in their team.   

Knowing details about your homes can help you investment plan for the future. Those associations we are seeing with strong stock data are more comfortable about Government policies coming out. They know the

  • homes they will not improve,
  • which homes will take up the Renewable Heat Incentive, and
  • which properties are best suited to Green Deal measures are 

Having a deep understanding of your assets, will provide your team with the confidence to plan for the future. You will know when to exert energy chasing opportunities and when to hold back. 

3)      Expertise – Bradley Wiggins and his team have studied what they needed to achieve.  Together with Sky, who have supported  the team for years, they have a team of real experts. The team is made up of over 38 people including five physios, race director, strategists and even Dr Peters, a psychiatrist. The team have a huge depth of knowledge and expertise.

Dr Peters' for instance has a  groundbreaking approaches to increasing the mental strength of the team. Dr Peters’ psychological techniques such as 'chimp' and 'gremlin' control are now used by each of the Sky team riders to make them more resilient. Peters says “both of those approaches involve the riders understanding how their minds work and then learning how to control their emotions."

To be on top of your game in housing you need expert knowledge. Some of the expertise that may help include: having an in-depth understanding of energy efficiency, funding and fuel poverty or understanding the Green Deal Advisor assessment methodology. 

Having the expertise makes your team stronger. It gives you depth and stability. To see award winning courses on housing issues click here.   

These three strengths, leading from the front, understanding your assets and having expertise resulted in the Tour De France win for the Sky Team. The fantastic trio –Wiggins, Froome and Cavenish and their support team have set up the Great Britain cycling team magnificently for the start of the Olympic Games.

It may also mean a boost for getting people cycling on the roads of Britain. I hope so. It would be wonderful to see more people on bikes. Another young Bradley may start out riding too school. That would be a real golden result.

On 28th September in London and 10th October in Manchester Baker Homes and partners are holding a national fuel poverty conference. Speakers include Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Professor, Oxford University, Sally Hancox, MBE, of Gentoo Housing Group and David Shewan, Parity Projects, who will outline the fuel poverty analysis undertaken of a housing association.

Want to understand fuel poverty better or gain ideas about potential solutions? Come along. CLICK HERE

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New research indicates 80% of residents to take up Green Deal

  
  
  

Research published in June 2024 showed almost 80% of residents were actively willing to pay a charge for energy efficiency improvements to their home. These findings, published by the Gentoo Group, will be of real interest to a sector that is grappling with understanding and gaining interest in the Green Deal.

Through the research over 1,200 residents were asked if they would like to take up energy saving measures (called Energy Saving Bundles or ESB in the research) in return for a small weekly charge. Like the Green Deal, customers pay for the work done with the expected savings on energy bills.

In consultation with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and also working with British Gas, the scheme has enabled customers to make a small contribution to improvements to their property which could be paid for along with their rent or via their energy meter as per the Green Deal model.

Depending on the suitability of their property, customers have the opportunity to have solar PV, new boilers and double glazed windows installed to their properties; this is not only helping customers save money on their energy immediately, but also protecting them against rising energy prices and fuel poverty in years to come.

Throughout this project the Group wanted to test the Green Deal model and consumer appetite for these measures as well as learn lessons for the sector and inform policy development. Added to that was assessing the benefits to customers in terms of reducing their carbon footprint and energy bills and any associated health benefits from warmer and more comfortable homes.

The ESB scheme has now been implemented in three communities across Sunderland involving 1,200 customers and initial results are extremely positive.

79% of customers agreed to ESB works. As the scheme has progressed there has been an 8% increase in customers agreeing to take part in ESB. This is most likely related to increased community awareness of the project and the Group becoming more efficient as it developed and refined processes and techniques throughout.

Sally Hancox, Director of Gentoo Green said: “It’s great to see the enthusiasm for these measures increasing amongst our customers, it shows the appetite that there could be for the Green Deal when it arrives.”

The average charge applied is £1.06 per week with the maximum being £1.59. The British Gas repayment is also proving positive, with customers being able to review their tariff to suit their needs, as well as in some cases receive the ‘Warm Homes’ grants of a £240 electricity credit.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “I am very pleased to see the market gearing up for the introduction of the Green Deal later this year. The success of the ESB trial is evidence of the enthusiasm there is among householders for energy-saving improvements, and the huge potential of the Green Deal model.”

Learn more - On 28th September in London and 10th October in Manchester Baker Homes and partners are holding a national fuel poverty conference. Speakers include:

  • Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Professor, Oxford University, 
  • Sally Hancox, MBE, of Gentoo Housing Group 
  • David Shewan, Parity Projects, who will outline the fuel poverty analysis undertaken of a housing association.
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The difference between energy monitors and smart meters

  
  
  

One very neat upshot to protecting the environment through the use of various environmentally friendly activities and technologies is that many of them can actually save you money as well as aiding in the reduction of things like carbon emissions. In the UK, there's now even a national plan to replace all the old gas and electrical meters with smart meters; this roll-out is set to begin in 2022 and finish before 2025. However, investing in a home energy monitor rather than a smart meter will save you more money and do more to protect the environment. 

These monitors provide real-time feedback on energy use in your home, rather than the periodic readings given by a smart meter, and can come with extra features such as calculating the cost of that energy expenditure and its contribution to the production of greenhouse gases.

These monitors come in a variety of forms. The cheapest form of these is the outlet monitor. These work sort of like a power strip; first you plug your outlet monitor into the electric socket and then you plug your device into the monitor. This will show how much energy the plugged-in device uses. The second and main kind of monitor gives readings for the whole home.

For this, an induction clamp is placed on your electric main which will in turn communicate with an energy monitor you can place anywhere. The most advanced kind of monitoring is via a 'smart home', which is a combination of the first two forms, where you are provided with an interactive platform to monitor and automate electricity use in all forms throughout your home.

The most common is the whole home monitor. Many users are surprised at how useful they are--they find themselves checking the monitor frequently and if the reading is higher than usual they remember that their cellphone is still plugged in despite being charged all the way, that they left a light on, forgot to turn off their computer, and are easily able to cut costs by eliminating these and other kinds of unnecessary usage.

Sure, you could get an energy audit or wait for the smart meter but at best that means you only get a periodic reading of your energy use. You can't keep track of all the time spent with lights on, computers plugged in, microwaves running, and all the other energy-sucking things we do in order for them to make these periodic readings effective. Energy consumption readings routinely lead to 10% or more monthly savings, but if it's not in real-time the savings disappear; this is why Baker Homes has suggested that people still get home energy monitors despite the the smart meter roll-out, and why under the Code for Baker Homes, all new builds can gain credits for providing correctly specified energy monitors.

With the amount of money you'll save on your energy bill, the energy monitor will rapidly pay for itself. More and more people are awakening to the fact that going green is not only good for the environment but that it's also good for you. A home energy monitor is one of the most effective green technologies on the market today for doing both.

Article written by Nisha Sharma from https://www.chcbuild.co.uk/.

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Fuel poverty killing 4 times more than road accidents

  
  
  

65 people are dying a day from fuel poverty, a number that is four times a year greater than those dying on our roads. These figures, from fuel poverty expert Professor Christine Liddell of the University of Ulster, show fuel poverty significantly higher than government estimates.

Fuel poverty occurs where a person is required to spend 10 per cent or more of their income on heatingfuel poverty their home. The new total is calculated using World Health Organisation guidance and official excess winter death figures.

The previous Government estimate put the total of deaths relating to fuel poverty at just 2,700 a year. That was included in a report last year by Professor John Hills. Yet the latest Office of National Statistics figures show that there were 25,700 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in winter 2010. The latest WHO research suggests that 30 to 40 per cent of the excess winter deaths can be attributed to fuel poverty.

“The 2,700 figure published by Professor Hills is peculiar. I see no justification for it,” said Professor Liddell. “I believe the figure of 7,800 is much more realistic as it is based on WHO’s most recent estimates of deaths relating to cold and damp homes.”

Camco, the clean energy and carbon emissions reduction company, warned that there will be 9.1m households living in fuel poverty by 2016 – the year the Government has pledged to end the problem.

Professor Liddell warned that it’s not just the elderly who can become victims. “Among the excess winter deaths you can even see healthy people as young as 50,” she said.

Green party leader Caroline Lucas is disappointed with energy companies pricing strategies. “It is completely outrageous that the Big Six energy firms are able to rake in eye-watering profits as people up and down the country are forced to choose between heating their homes and feeding their families.”  

On 28th September in London and 10th October in Manchester Baker Homes and partners are holding a national fuel poverty conference. Speakers include Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Professor, Oxford University,  Sally Hancox, MBE, of Gentoo Housing Group and David Shewan, Parity Projects, who will outline the fuel poverty analysis undertaken of a housing association.

Want to understand fuel poverty better or gain ideas about potential solutions? Come along. CLICK HERE

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Hastoe Housing Association wins Passivhaus award for Wimbish development

  
  
  

Hastoe has won the Passivhaus Trust’s national award for the best domestic residential scheme - for Wimbish, in Essex (pictures below). Wimbish Passivhaus 1

After a rigorous judging process, including a vote from each member of the trust, Hastoe Housing Association won the award for best domestic UK Passivhaus scheme. Hastoe was up against some big competition and received the second award by the Passivhaus trust worldwide - a major achievement.

Wimbish was Hastoe’s first Passivhaus project, built just over eleven months ago and consists of 14 homes of which 3 are Shared Ownership. The residents had agreed to allow monitoring of their homes and it was discovered that the properties scored the highest possible customer satisfaction of any other homes recorded. Residents had also reported their gas bill for both heating and hot water cost £30 for a six month period which included last winter.

Hastoe, a SHIFT member, is already building another 14 homes to the Passivhaus standard in Norfolk in a bid to help prevent residents from falling into fuel poverty.

Sue Chalkley, Chief Executive of Hastoe, commented: "We are honoured to have won this award which is testament to Hastoe’s innovative approach and green credentials which are two major areas of focus for us. We believe that it is essential to try new ways of tackling the issues we face in order to benefit residents, providers and the environment. Passivhaus is the common-sense approach to delivering well-designed and energy efficient homes, especially in rural areas where fuel poverty is highly significant."

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Paul Houghton, Head of Affordable Housing for Davis Langdon, said, “Although we have a successful track record in the delivery of social housing projects with high levels of ‘code for sustainable homes’ requirements, this was the first scheme that Davis Langdon provided consultancy services on to be built to accredited Passivhaus standards. We developed an innovative procurement methodology to provide cost certainty and co-ordination of design. We believe that this scheme for Hastoe Housing has gone some way to dispel the myth that building to accredited Passivhaus standards is costly to build and difficult to achieve. Passivhaus is definitely the way forward in providing highly sustainable housing with low running costs for the residents, without the need for ‘bolt on’ technologies.”

Chris Parsons of Parson’s Whittley, the project architect, added, “We are really proud to be the recipients of the first ever UK Passivhaus award for residential buildings and it confirms our position as a leading innovator in the development of a low energy, low carbon future for the UK housing stock. I think we were successful because the scheme of 14 dwellings for Hastoe Housing Association, demonstrated that the methodology could be delivered in the mainstream housing environment at a reasonable cost. The energy use of the houses has been monitored through the UEA for 24 months and we could demonstrate really low fuel bills and really high comfort levels.”

Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Baker Homes, said “It is great to see our SHIFT members leading the way on exemplar new build.  Passivhaus is a great foundation for more sustainable housing.  Excellent also that this project is being monitored providing more learning for the sector”. 

For more information on Wimbish please see their dedicated site.

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