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Home Projects Hart Lea Affordable Housing Sandiacre

Hart Lea Affordable Housing Sandiacre

The aim for the project was to deliver both sustainable and affordable housing for occupants. A fabric first approach was adopted for the design and construction which is inspired by the Passivhaus Standard and will ensure the energy demands, fuel bills and maintenance are kept as low as possible.

The fabric first approach also ensures that the energy performance of each property will meet level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, without the need for bolt on renewable energy technologies.

The homes use a mechanical heat recovery system and do not have radiators or focal fire, just towel rails in the bathroom and w/c only and a duct heater in the ventilation system. Other energy efficient features include triple glazed windows.


  • Structural engineer on all related aspects of the scheme
  • SUR1 and SUR2 design
  • Civil engineer
  • External works design which included porous pavement areas


EMH Homes


Lindum Construction


Geoff Carter Architects

Project Description

Five two-bedroom houses, two three-bedroom houses and two two-bedroom bungalows. Three properties receiving the formal Passivhaus accreditation.




10 months