Too many affordable homes are not. Sometimes the quality is affected and they do not achieve the best energy performance. With Spacehus we have been developing a truly affordable low energy home. We have achieved this by using proven techniques for construction with the highest quality materials in a simplistic way.
The Spacehus affordable home for the UK market can achieve Code 6 through the use of appropriate renewables. The houses have a Scandinavian influence and are contemporary in their design approach.
In 2014 Arch Homes commissioned Spacehus to deliver four new properties on the site of former Northumberland County Council offices in Blyth, Northumberland. Recognising that building regulations for energy performance and energy costs are only heading in one direction, Arch wanted to use the land as a trial site, specifying new and innovative housing that would put them ahead of the curve and give them a commercial advantage in terms of delivering more new build homes.
Aside from delivering truly sustainable housing from an environmental perspective, Arch sought to address social issues caused by fluctuating energy prices. Their wish was to protect tenants from the unpredictable nature of energy costs by letting the properties on a ‘bills-inclusive basis’, replacing the constraint on household budgets with a degree of certainty over running costs.
Key features of the design:
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