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Sampson Close, Coventry, is the largest social housing scheme in the UK to target Passivhaus Certification. Orbit Heart of England is developing a 23-home low energy scheme being built on a brown field site in Coventry. It includes a mix of terraced housing and apartments.
Originally conceived in 2008, Orbit Heart of England devised the scheme as part of its strategy to improve energy efficiency, significantly reduce energy costs for occupiers and reduce carbon emissions from its housing stock.
The development showcases a high level of pre assembled components which incorporate high levels of super insulation. Within the main structural elements, factory assembled closed-panel timber frames will achieve a high quality solution. The timber frames are manufactured and erected on site by German specialists Gumpp & Maier, which has an established and proven track record in Passivhaus and low energy housing solutions. Individual sections are brought to site in a predefined sequence and assembled in a very tight erection programme. This means that the whole scheme can be weatherproofed and made available to finishing trades faster than would be achievable with traditional techniques.
•The largest social housing scheme to follow the Passivhaus certification route
•Designed to exceed Code for Sustainable Homes level 3
•Significantly reduced heating costs will be achieved : – a two bedroom flat will cost less than £1 per week to heat
•Modern methods of construction improve on-site productivity and quality assurance