Their sustainable energy features will be a massive benefit to buyers, all of whom will be facing higher energy costs which add to the rising cost of livingEmma Weston,
New homes manager
Each Eco Home is designed to meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and is distinctly different to most new-build homes in the UK.
The large, South-facing windows fill the rooms with light as well as taking full advantage of warmth from solar gain throughout the year.
Air source heat pumps deliver hot water and heating to underfloor pipework on the ground floor and radiators to the first floor.
Heat losses are reduced by highly insulated ground floors, 200mm wide filled wall cavities and highly insulated, ‘green’ (sedum) roofs.
The roof fin provides passive ventilation to reduce overheating in the summer and carries solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, surplus power being exported to the grid via the Feed in Tariff. High quality kitchen installations include energy efficient appliances.
Externally there are two car spaces to the front of the houses, boundaries are fenced, with shrubs to the front gardens and a slabbed patio and turf to the rear.
In 2012 it was highly commended in the East Midlands Forum for the Built Environment (fbe) awards.
- Foundation and super structure design
- Adopted highway design (Section 38)
- Adopted drainage design (Section 104)
- SUR 1 and SUR 2 calculations
A unique development of 36, for market sale, eco homes in Ratby, Leicestershire.