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Published by Anonymous for Circle in Housing and also in Communities

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles this week (23rd April) praised the UK’s first 100% affordable ultra efficient housing scheme during a visit to the development.  

Circle Housing’s pioneering new development, which is being delivered by Climate Energy Homes, will bring 51 brand new ‘Passive Homes’ from this summer to Rainham, Essex.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “Building more affordable homes is an essential part of this government’s long-term economic plan. Almost 100,000 have been built since 2010 and our ambitious affordable housing programme will deliver 335,000 new homes by 2018.

“At Rainham offsite construction and cutting-edge technology has been used to quickly build attractive, high-quality affordable homes. I want all developers to consider benefits of this approach so we can build more homes where families want to live, and at the same time support British businesses.”

Passive Homes, or PassivHaus, use very little energy for heating and cooling. The homes achieve this through high levels of thermal insulation and high levels of airtightness so that any heat created is not lost due to poor insulation.

It is predicted that residents living in a three bedroom homes could see their energy costs slashed from around £1,240 per year to around £350. 

Mike Ward, Group Director Property for Circle Housing, said: “As well as delivering much needed affordable housing to the area, this scheme uses cutting edge technology to deliver tangible benefits to residents.

 “At Circle Housing we are passionate about helping people to be more financially resilient through these difficult economic times and we believe schemes like this one can play an important role in doing so.

“We will be monitoring the results and feedback from the new residents to help us deliver more Passive House projects in the future.”

The first residents will be arriving in July and all of the homes will be completed by October.  The houses are being constructed using the ecoTECH build system - exclusive to Climate Energy Homes - and designed to the highest level of energy efficiency compliant with the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) and Passive House.

The homes can be erected to be weather tight within one day and fully completed ready for trades and services within one week per house.

The development is being built on the site formerly occupied by a warehouse and includes a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom homes, each compliant with Lifetime Homes and the Mayor’s London Housing Design Guide.


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