Tuesday 12 July 2011

Rural communities do lead innovation

As residents move in to our completed Wimbish Passivhaus project, we feel very proud to have worked with Wimbish Parish Council and the community to show that affordable homes in rural villages can make positive changes to the way we approach design and build; to protect the climate and tackle rural fuel poverty.
Investing in this exemplar scheme, at an additional cost of 10%*, has taught us a great deal about what we can achieve in our future programme.  The lessons learnt are already being replicated on site at our second Passivhaus development in Ditchingham, Norfolk and the uplift costs have been limited to 6%*.  We will be developing more Passivhaus schemes after that.  

This experience has proved that overcoming the challenges associated with developing homes for local people, in sensitive rural areas, can go hand in hand with cutting edge techniques.  We’re pleased to be supporting the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week (11-15 July) and showcasing Wimbish as part of that.  

We’re also hosting a monthly visitor experience from September, to share more about the project with professionals from the sector and I hope you might be able to join us on one of the dates shown below:

VISITOR EXPERIENCE: LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE: Contact Angela Davis or Jackie Deane AT HASTOE ON 01799 533 170 OR EMAIL eastdev@hastoe.com:

·         6 September 2011
·         4 October 2011
·         8 November 2011
·         6 December 2011
·         10 January 2012
·         7 February 2012
·         Further dates 2012 will be announced in due course

Sue Chalkley, Chief Executive, Hastoe

*determined by comparison to an equivalent Code Level 4 development in the Hastoe programme.