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“This development will push the boundaries of how we think of the ‘house’, and how larger scale developments (not just one off prototypes) can minimize their carbon output and raise the standard of environmentally sustainable housing design. ”
John Howes; Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association
Lincolnshire Rural Housing
£1.8m / €2.1m
Rate valid as of 18.04.12
The Association's objectives were to create a development that could contribute to the quality of people's lives whilst being responsible for the protection of the environment and meeting the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations.
Varsity Rise has a modern design and a contemporary aesthetic but is constructed to high energy efficiency and environmentally friendly standards. This is a development with minimal environmental impact just by living in these houses the occupants will reduce their carbon footprint - not to mention their heating bills!
- Use of various low carbon technologies such as communal biomass, solar panels and heating and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) promotes a healthy living environment and reduces the carbon footprint and running costs of the dwellings.
- Logical and functional internal layouts and vaulted ceilings create indoor spaces that are light, airy and spacious.
- Top quality materials and fittings complement the design of the dwellings and offer good long-term performance.
- Off-site construction and the use of the latest technologies ensure thermal performance that far exceeds the requirements of Building control.
The properties are amongst the first in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands to achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
This project won the EMCBE Sustainability Award 2009-10 and was highly commended for the Constructing Excellence Legacy (Sustainability) Award 2009-10.