Finished to the high levels you would expect for a modern urban ‘for sale’ development, the building has also been built to ZEDstandards. This means the levels of insulation and thermal mass are such that no central heating system is required. The flats obtain enough heat from occupants, the solar gain from south-facing windows, and incidental gains from cooking and appliance use. This enables a single 15kW wood pellet boiler to supply the whole block with hot water and back-up heating. This building shows how a Zero (fossil) Energy Development (ZED) can be delivered on a tight urban site as a conventional development opportunity. The sales prices for the flats achieved by the developer were better than expected and well above local comparable property, showing there is a healthy appetite for eco-housing in the market place.
Architect: Bill Dunster Architects
Contract Sum: £500,000
Awards: Housing Design Awards 2005 – Highly Commended