This innovative project makes eco homes an affordable option for rural communities. LED Architects have worked closely with the Land Society and local Community Land Trust (CLT) to achieve planning consent for 6 self-build homes on the edge of Broadhempston.
The project is now underway on site and the first two properties are due to be completed later in 2015. By using ‘sweat equity’ the cost of each property is significantly lower than the commercial equivalent and targeted to meet the needs of local residents within the village.
The design of the individual houses is based on modular 2, 3 & 4 bedroom options using straw bale as the main form of insulation. A passive solar sun space is also incorporated within each house.
The site layout for the new development continues the eco-theme with a small common car parking area close to the entrance resulting in footpath access to the homes and a large communal amenity / food growing area.
The scheme has the full support of local politicians and further similar projects are planned for other villages in Devon.
Key environment benefits include:
- Design & construction aimed at achieving ‘Passivhaus’ standards
- Super-insulated timber frame construction incorporating straw bale insulation within a ‘breathable’ composite envelope ensures energy consumption is reduced whilst air quality is high
- High levels of controlled natural light to all key habitable spaces
- Passive solar heating using the ‘solar’ room which has a passive ventilation system to help control and match heat gains with heating requirements
- Rammed earth wall located between the ‘solar’ room & living area to act as a thermal store
- The use of green technologies: wood-chip boiler, pv array, solar thermal panels for hot water, rainwater harvesting, mechanical heat recovery
- The use of recycled and/or recyclable materials wherever possible