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How low land costs and effective partnership working can help deliver highly sustainable new affordable homes using modern methods of construction.
Taking a community-led approach, emh group has developed an exemplar scheme of 68 new Passivhaus accredited homes.
Following the transfer of land at Heathcott Road to a local community group for £1 by Leicester City Council, land for the housing element of the site was simultaneously transferred to emh group. The community group retained the remaining land for a permaculture farm. The local community group led on local engagement with residents to support the planning process.
With the Mayor directly involved in setting the sustainability requirements for the land sale, emh group wanted the new homes to achieve PassivHaus certification, designed to be very comfortable and healthy and to use vastly less energy than conventional buildings irrespective of climate. The units also achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The development of an exemplar project was essential to the transfer of the land by the local authority for a nominal sum.
As PassivHaus standard homes the properties are super insulated and extremely airtight, incorporating a 140mm insulated timber frame construction and triple glazed windows. Each dwelling is controlled by a MVHR (mechanical ventilation & heat recovery) system that recovers heat that would otherwise be lost and re-circulates back into the dwelling. This means there is very little need for the occupiers to use the heating system.