Parsons + Whittley Architects receive Passivhaus Certification for Hastoe Housing Scheme

AECB Members, Parsons + Whittley Architects are really pleased to have received Passivhaus Certification for all 14 units at the Hastoe Housing scheme in Wimbish, Essex. The scheme was completed in June 2010 and the occupants are already reporting incredibly low energy bills. Reported gas bills of £30 for the first 6 months of space heating and domestic hot water are a testament to the energy performance of the houses. The Passivhaus Certification arrived in December following submission of all the as-built data to the Passivhaus Institute in Germany by the project’s sustainability consultants, Inbuilt.

Chris Parsons said “We used a number of publications to guide us in the preparation of the details for the construction, and one of the most helpful was the AECB CarbonLite Passivhaus/Gold Standard advice document which assisted with several design decisions.”

“We are really pleased to have received recognition for all the hard work put in to designing and detailing these houses. Passivhaus is a challenge for UK construction but the emphasis on quality means that these houses aren’t just energy efficient, they are comfortable, well-built, quality homes. We are already on site with another 14 unit Passivhaus scheme at Ditchingham in Norfolk and we have a number of other Passivhaus schemes under development. This is not just an exemplar; this is the first step on the way to making the methodology a mainstream option for those wanting comfortable living environments with low fuel bills”.

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