Built under Rural Exception Housing policies, it provides high-quality affordable homes for local households. The area suffers from high fuel poverty, which affects over 25% of local households with low to average incomes and no mains gas provision. The brief was to provide new affordable high quality homes where energy costs could be kept to a minimum, leaving low-income householders with more disposable income.
With a budget of £550,000, the contract combined with a low-energy sister scheme of four houses in a neighbouring village. The project was realised through a successful partnership between Broadland Housing and North Norfolk District Council who partially funded the project, and Lord Hastings who generously donated the land in exchange for maximum sustainability and exemplar design.
The design is characterised by locally sourced finished timber boards and brick and black clay pantiles, which are particular to North Norfolk.
The properties are occupied by residents working nearby with strong family connections, reducing levels of travel. Existing trees and hedges were supplemented by additional long term legacy planting, maintaining the site’s existing rich biodiversity.
All four houses are built to the same standard and two are Passivhaus certified. The houses are so energy efficient that no central heating system is required – a first for Passivhaus schemes in the East of England.
Use of Timber
The homes were constructed using a panelised SIP system offering very high levels of air tightness and reduced thermal bridging. Passivhaus accredited composite windows add to high energy performance and ensure indoor comfort. Shading is provided by larch brise-soleils with locally-sourced larch lapped rain screen cladding chosen for the façade.
Further information on this project
Housing Excellence Awards 2014, Best New Affordable Housing Scheme
Green Apple Awards 2014, Silver
Passivhaus Trust Awards 2014, Finalist