Housing scheme ensures sustainable and comfortable homes by adopting the AECB Building Standard
AECB member and Director at Parsons + Whittley Architects, Chris Parsons, tells us about their involvement in a recently completed housing scheme where all homes were built to the AECB Building Standard (formerly known as the AECB Silver standard);
“We were delighted to work with the main contractor, Duncan Cameron & Hutchinson Ltd to deliver the rural affordable housing scheme at Little Hallingbury in Essex for Hastoe Housing Association. As always, Hastoe are very concerned that their properties are both sustainable and address issues of fuel poverty and comfort. One way of ensuring this is to build to the AECB Building Standard, utilising the accurate modelling that comes with the Passivhaus Planning Package. This ensures that the design of the properties is carefully considered at the outset, and addresses the building physics which contribute to low energy design. Working with contractors experienced with Passivhaus and other AECB Building Standard projects helps to also ensure that the delivery on site is well considered and planned. Working alongside a contractor who understands the importance of air tightness, insulation placement, MVHR installation and commissioning ensures that the properties will perform to the designed standard and we can say goodbye to the performance gap. We are just beginning working again with DCH on two further projects that are also aiming for the AECB Building Standard.”
You can see more examples of homes built to the AECB building standard on our Low Energy Buildings Database.
For more information on the AECB Building Standard click here.
For more information about the Passivhaus Planning package click here.