Essex based housing association, CHP, is delighted that its flagship zero-carbon project, Green Space, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Sustainable Housing Awards 2011, organised by Inside Housing.
Green Space, in Mendip Place, Chelmsford, Essex -which received a code level-six rating under the governments Code for Sustainable Homes* - is a former garage site which has been regenerated to provide ten properties, four one-bedroom apartments and six two and three-bedroom homes for social rent.
Offering residents a fully sustainable lifestyle, Green Space uses a biomass boiler fuelled by wood pellets, rainwater harvesting systems to lower water usage, high-levels of thermal insulation and triple glazed windows to reduce heat loss along with roof mounted photovoltaic panels to generate on-site electricity - allowing residents to sell it back to the national grid if there is a surplus.
Carl Hockey, CHP Development and Regeneration Manager, said: “We are overjoyed that Green Space has been shortlisted for the Sustainable Housing awards, which recognises and celebrates the most pioneering developments within the social housing industry.”
Green Space– which was built in partnership with contractor McCann Homes, Chelmsford Borough Council, development agent Flagship Housing Group, the Homes and Communities Agency, chartered surveyors Oxbury and Company, architects Ingleton Wood and renewables consultant, SolarTech Ltd – also provides residents with access to recycling bins and composting areas to lower their household waste.
“We are delighted to have provided the fully integrated renewable technology solutions for this pioneering project, which not only meet the requirements of Code Level six for the properties, but also take into consideration whole life energy costs, efficiency and measurability of the energy used, offering the residents low energy cost homes,” said Shaun Taylor, Managing Director of SolarTech Ltd.
Nick Duxbury, Editor of Inside Housing’s Sustainable Magazine, said: “Now in their fourth year, the Sustainable Housing awards 2011 have, once again, been inundated with entries from the leading green organisations featuring the most innovative and impressive projects in the UK. We are thrilled to be able to host the awards ceremony that recognises the work of the housing sector’s sustainable pioneers.”