Tooly and Foster Partnership’s carbon neutral development of 16 houses and 12 flats at New Cranes Court in Basildon, for Swan Housing Group, has picked up its third sustainability award, the Sustain Award 2013 for Development; following on from its success in 2012 with Green Apple and Sustainable Housing awards. The judges said of the scheme, “A very strong scheme. Taking it at face value, the average person wouldn’t think it was Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 – which is exactly the point. Architecture with a sense of place – and sustainability – deeply embedded.”
The New Cranes Court dwellings are very comfortable to live in and whilst calculated differently, their very low energy performance is equivalent to the German Passivhaus standard.
Tooley and Foster Partnership are now offering their Passivhaus services under the Accredited Passivhaus Design trading name. The website www.accreditedpassivhausdesign.com offers a useful resource for Passivhaus design and demystifies the Passivhaus process. The office is currently working on 2 Passivhaus projects – a private house in Oxfordshire which is currently in planning and 93 Extra Care flats for a Housing Association which is pre-construction. Certified Passivhaus Designer Peter Ranken was extremely encouraged by the interest shown in Accredited Passivhaus Design at Ecobuild.