Energy efficient technology.
Thermal – All homes use a thermal battery to store heat for hot water using phase change materials. This allows heating and hot water to benefit from lower cost electricity tariffs.
Solar – All homes have a dual aspect solar PV system providing a more stable level of power for longer periods. Any excess solar energy is automatically diverted to the hot water storage system.
What’s more, all homes are zero carbon and fossil fuel free and use different innovative technologies to achieve this. Home Group was keen to test the benefits of electric heating and smart home technology throughout this development.
Developed design principles.
We conducted a site appraisal with Home Group and our architect. We also reviewed opinions and discovered that people were really interested in introducing innovative techniques on the site.
We chose front gable roofs for The Holt, a 2 bedroom, 4 person house. Contemporary materials were used on the external facades, including white brick slips, weatherboard and grey windows. We also took into consideration standard design features, roof forms and considered how the glazing works with modular systems. The result was a unique appearance with a distinct kerb appeal.
Working closely with the structural engineers.
ilke Homes worked closely with the project specific consultants who were designing the Civil and Structural elements for the scheme. Taking the Structural Engineer as an example, we set the dimensions for the frame, location of services and pop-ups. We also highlighted substructure related design considerations which needed to be taken into account when designing the foundations, like Chapter 6.10.4 NHBC Standards.
Creating a contemporary look.
By working closely with Engie we developed the design. This meant collaborating with new specialist suppliers for the brick slips and internal M&E. Our approved suppliers sourced the specialists and agreed contracts with them under our terms. It reduced administration processes and made sure we met our timelines.
Secured structural warranties.
Securing the 10 year structural warranties from NHBC Buildmark or Building Life Plans has enabled us to achieve a standard mortgage-ability that’s accepted by all major lenders.
Achieved zero carbon.
All the homes are zero carbon homes, built to original Code for Sustainable Homes CfSH Level 6 for zero carbon.
We were very proud to win the Best Use Of Volumetric Technology at the Explore Offsite Awards 2019, for our superb homes installed at Gateshead Innovation Village.
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