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South Shropshire Housing Association Builds Region’s First Affordable Passivhaus

callaughtons ash open day  

A development in rural Shropshire received plenty of visitors to an open day. The landmark Passivhaus development, recently named Callaughtons Ash at Much Wenlock will be the first affordable Passivhaus homes in the region and amongst the first in the UK with less than a handful of schemes built to date.

Originating from Germany, Passivhaus is the leading international low energy, design standard. The standard is a highly effective way of reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings, as well as providing high standards of comfort and building health.

Work on the development by South Shropshire Housing Association began in April and the first two homes have now passed their initial air tests with flying colours. Guests from the building sector and local residents, Councillors and Project Board Members came along to learn more about the innovative way of building.

Local residents have been involved at all stages from consultation to helping decide the final exterior finish of the properties. Gill Wright, a member of the Project Board said ‘A fantastic tour with lots of really interesting info about the construction methods. Great to see the planning coming to fruition’.

The development at Callaughton Lane will be a mix of one to three bedroom homes, each designed to achieve Passivhaus certification. The site will comprise of 10 affordable rent properties, with the remaining two marketed for shared ownershipand they will be allocated to those with a local connection after completion in May 2018.