Category Archives: Housing Efficiency

Comments on projects around the theme of housing efficiency, insulation and other retro-fit themes.

Are you feeling the heat?

For those of us in older homes there is a limit to the simple things that we can do to insulate our homes to improve comfort levels and save money on heating bills.

If, like most of us in the Transition steering group, you live in solid walled homes you might have considered the possibility of having solid wall insulation fitted. This comes in two forms, Internal & External which as you might guess signifies that it is installed either to the inside or outside of your home.

If you are planning a DIY installation of EWI then I would be keen to hear from you as I am planning, finances permitting, to start a project on my home later this year and if more of us are involved then we can negotiate better prices together… DIY EWI Groupon.

Alternatively, our sister group in Leicester are collecting names of householders wishing to have EWI installed in an attempt to negotiate a better price for having a professional company installing the insulation. A NON DIY EWI Groupon!

Their details can be found here

I look forward to hearing from some of you soon.


Green light for UK’s largest Passivhaus scheme

Development of 150 homes in rural Herefordshire given council approval

Kinstone development by Architype

The UK’s largest Passivhaus housing scheme was given planning permission this week.

The scheme, designed by architect Architype, will see 150 houses built in the rural town of Kingstone in Herefordshire.

The homes will spread across 20 acres and be designed to the tough Passivhaus standard which ensures buildings have a very low energy usage. The development also includes five small business units.

The scheme is being developed by ArchiHaus, a joint venture between Architype director, Jonathan Hines and Swedish businessman, Lars Carlsson.

Jonathan Hines, director of Architype, said he was “delighted” the planning committe had “recognised the visionary and innovative approach” of the scheme.

He said: “It has been a liberating experience to rethink our role as architects and tackle the issue of housing development from first principles. This scheme will establish a new benchmark in housing development, by demonstrating that better design quality and Passivhaus can be achieved as standard.”

What would it take to convince developers around Harborough to consider this route or would we, the community have to commission the development to get decent specification homes designed and built?

Original article posted here