Passivhaus Council Housing, Crawley Borough Council

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Location: Crawley, West Sussex

Client: Crawley Borough Council

Project Year: 2014

Cost: Over £2m

TFP's subsidiary, Accredited Passivhaus Design's 13 Passivhaus dwellings for Crawley Borough Council have received unanimous planning approval. These seven houses and six flats will be amongst the first housing built by Crawley Borough Council in the last 30 years and are expected to be the first of many more.

Located in the Three Bridges area of Crawley these family homes are sustainably located on a vacant brownfield site near local shops and the Three Bridges Community Centre. The site layout creates a new urban space in front of the community centre whilst also providing an improved road access to the adjacent Three Bridges Primary School.

The new houses and flats are efficiently planned, with two terraces of houses and one block of flats. Due to the narrow plots available, the houses are shallow in depth with a double fronted plan. This allows the main rooms in the two and three bedroom houses to have windows to the front and back providing good natural lighting with additional through ventilation in the summer.

As council housing is provided for people in housing need, the low energy use of these Passivhaus homes will make a strong contribution to reducing fuel poverty with very low bills for residents, with the knock-on benefit to the landlord of low rent arrears. Also, the good construction quality of these dwellings, including triple glazed windows and continuous filtered, pre-warmed fresh air ventilation, will ensure durability and comfort for the future.

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