Passivhaus was developed in Germany back in the early 1990s and they have been slow to appear here in the UK, the first. as reported in the Evening Standard, being in Camden in 2010. However, things now seem to be moving and the Passivhaus website lists some 89 schemes in the UK, although it doesn’t include the one reported here, it’s that new, and some 250 buildings completed and certified by the end of 2013.
Built with extra thick walls and insulation, triple glazing and other energy saving features these homes are not just a benefit the occupier’s purse with the savings on energy bills, but also contribute to our communities carbon reduction targets. We are very pleased that our council is taking environment issues seriously and setting an example to the private sector. The homes also came complete with secure bicycle storage, compost bin, water butt and solar panels on the rear roof.
We were also intrigued to see the new style lids for recycling bins, which resemble a rather large shower cap.
|extra thick insulated walls & triple glazing|
|integral water harvesting|
|the new occupier with cabinet members Coomb and Hussain plus Cllr Duddridge|
|the new recycling bin lids|
|what it looked like before|