Work starts on town’s first Passivhaus development

02 February 2016

Work has started on the most energy efficient council homes ever to be built in Crawley.

The development of six flats and seven houses in Gales Place, Three Bridges, is being designed and built to the Passivhaus standard, which is a certification system that ensures that buildings are as energy efficient as possible.

The standard, which was developed in Germany in the early 1990s, concentrates on exceptionally low energy demands, high insulation levels, high performance doors and windows, air tightness to minimise heat loss and mechanical ventilation with highly efficient heat recovery.

The homes are so thermally efficient that only minimal heating is required to maintain comfortable temperatures all year round.

A Passivhaus has no draughts, with fresh air being continuously provided by mechanical ventilation. This provides high air quality while reducing condensation.

Annual running costs for the homes are expected to be significantly lower as Passivhaus buildings typically achieve around a 75 per cent reduction in heating requirements compared to standard new buildings.

Councillor Stephen Joyce, Cabinet member for Housing at Crawley Borough Council, said: “This is an exciting development for us and is part of our plan to build 1,000 affordable homes over four years. Not only are we providing much-needed council housing for the town but by investing in the Passivhaus system we’re reducing fuel bills for our tenants.”

The development is scheduled for completion in spring 2017.

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