New Cranes Court, Basildon, Essex
Sustainable Larger Housing Project of the Year 2012
Sustain’ Awards 2013, ‘Development'
International Green Apple Award for the Built Environment 2012
A 28-unit residential development, one of the first zero carbon developments in the Thames Gateway and one of the first affordable housing projects to attain Level 6 in the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes. The first housing development with heating and electricity provided by a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit fuelled by glycerol (a biodiesel waste product).
The development replaced outmoded and derelict 1970’s hostel accommodation. An exemplar of eco-friendly place-making, certified to Level 6 Code for Sustainable Homes. Tooley and Foster Architects that designed the development stated expected typical running costs of £6 per week for heating, lighting and hot water for a 4 bedroom house.
As the planners refused solar panels due to the proximity to the Listed church the development's high energy efficiency was achieved with triple glazing, highly insulated factory-made timber frame panels, larger windows facing south and efficient ventilation systems with energy recovery. All homes have a glycerol bio-fuelled combined heat and power plant installed for providing carbon neutral electricity and hot water. Any surplus electricity to be returned to the grid. Low water use WCs and bathroom fittings reduce water demand, and flood reducing SUDS drainage is included. Sustainable materials were used throughout. (credits Tooley and Foster Partnership)
Project Sponsor & Team:
Swan Housing Association, Tooley & Foster Partnership, Kent Architecture Centre (Clare Wright & Barry Shaw) Potter Raper (Construction Consultancy) and Denne Construction
Findings shared to:
CABE (Design Council), EEDA and Homes England, and disseminate findings within Swan Housing Group and to members of the Regional Architects Panel.
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