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Leicester City Council sold the land to SLNC for just £1 to enable the community to work with emh group to develop what is described as a beacon for sustainable and affordable housing.
The Passivhaus Trust says Heathcott Road is of national significance because it shows Passivhaus developments can be built at that scale to provide comfortable and healthy homes with very low running costs.
Bringing together energy efficiency and affordability, the project attracted more than £2m funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.
The homes face south with increased glass, are highly insulated and use controlled ventilation to maintain a stable inside temperature and good air quality.
Inside, the rooms are designed to be interesting and to have features that create delightful spaces. Exposed timber beams reveal the structural construction of the houses.
Heathcott Road is the UK’s largest Passivhaus residential scheme, with 68 homes meeting the ultra-low energy use Passivhaus standard.
Regenerating 13 acres of derelict land, the project was a collaboration between the social housing provider emh group and the Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council (SLNC).
The thriving community enjoys affordable rents and heating bills of around £13 per year alongside newly planted woodland with 800 fruit trees and an adjacent permaculture farm.
Neil Hodgkin at SNLC
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