5 sustainable social housing projects you should know about


Last we we reported on ‘down to earth’ green building projects. A few of you contacted us to say they all looked very lovely but most people don’t have the time or money to build their own eco home. A very good point. So this week we are showing you affordable sustainable housing projects.


1. LILAC: low impact living affordable community

Building a neighbourhood which is affordable and accessible is a real priority for us. There is much talk of a crisis of affordability in terms of housing. LILAC responds to this situation. We aim to build 20 homes, which will be managed as part of a mutual home ownership scheme. LILAC



2. Radeon: eco retrofitting social housing

Many people are living in social housing that is draughty and expensive to heat. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Housing association Radian has become a leading authority on energy efficient retrofits and new builds.  Nearly 44,000 people are living in more energy efficient homes as a result, and reaping the benefits every day in lower fuel bills and a better quality of life. And by improving efficiency, Radian has achieved cuts of 34 per cent in CO2 emissions across its housing stock. Ashden Awards

3. Cotney Croft and Peartree Way

8 new low carbon family homes for social rent, enabling families to lead sustainable lifestyles and benefit from reduced bills, whilst providing a body of research on the design of sustainable, affordable housing. The project exceeds Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, with a Code Level 6 being achieved on one house at Cotney Croft. Baily Garner Architects

4. Bearwood Road, Birmingham

The apartments are constructed using load bearing masonry and the houses use super insulated timber frames.  The houses benefit from solar thermal heating with roof mounted panels pre-warming incoming  air, ventilating the dwelling and supplementing the hot water storage.  The scheme achieved an Eco-Homes Very Good rating BM3 Architects

5. Chester Balmore, Camden, London

A 53 home residential block that will meet the Passivhaus energy efficiency standard. Willmott Dixon has won the £10 million contract for the Chester Balmore development in Highgate, which it said will be the largest residential Passivhaus scheme built in the UK so far. The Chester Balmore development will be the first new council housing built for Camden in nearly 30 years, and is due for completion in 2013. Inside Housing

  • Some great initiatives here that won’t only benefit the environment, but also the residents as well. Affordable housing shouldn’t mean that developers cut corners to hit figures. It’s about producing good quality, energy efficient homes with a focus on building a happy, satsfied community.

  • Cycleboy

    Building homes that leak energy like a sieve ought to be made illegal.  Even today’s building regs are pathetic compared to what can be achieved.

  • Paul Foulkes

    Anything that is done to build more efficient housing is commendable and a step in the right direction. There are thousands of possible options ( building styles, materials, value options etc etc) that can be used to create the housing that we need to be creating. Cost is always a problem, but one that can be overcome with good planning and a project properly thought through. These cost savings can then be passed onto to the purchaser ( unfortunately so many builders, both large and small use this type of construction to profiteer ) for both the short term and long term

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