“We were very impressed when we visited one of England’s first Passivhaus homes in Denby Dale and this confirmed our view that we would aim for a fully certified Passivhaus,” say Mr and Mrs Young.
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It was no surprise that the distinctive-looking ArcHouse won the H+H UK sponsored Homes for Britain category in the Sunday Times British Homes Awards. Designed by architect McInnes Gardner, the three-bedroom home’s distinctive curved roof gave this futuristic home a barn-like appearance that helped the scheme stand out from the five other impressive shortlisted entries. Almost one third of the people who voted in the competition chose this quirky scheme for garden city-type developments.
H+H Celcon Plus Blocks and Thin-Joint System using Celfix Mortar have been used in Southern Housing Group’s first ever scheme built to the Passivhaus standards, Cameron Close on the Isle of Wight.
The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015 in partnership with H+H UK Ltd, Redrow Homes, BRE and the AJ invited submissions for visionary designs in a standard house type suitable for planned Garden City developments and constructed with H+H UK’s aircrete building materials.
H+H, leading manufacturer of aircrete blocks, has lowered the density of its High Strength and Super Strength Grade Celcon Blocks from 750 kg/m3 to 700 kg/m3. This has led to an improvement in thermal conductivity and lighter weight blocks. The change has been accredited by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) in a new certificate issued to the manufacturer.
Excellent service provided by H+H staff has made building a breeze for the team at Sherborne Homes Ltd during the company’s first development for a housing association. High quality service and additional benefits from using the Thin-Joint System, allowed for a speedy delivery of a project in Gloucestershire.
Responding to the publication of the Cities Devolution Bill and the Government’s policy on Right to Buy, Mark Oliver, managing director of H+H, leading building materials manufacturer, has dismissed any talk that either of these initiatives will have a significantly positive impact on house building numbers in the next five years.
There is much current debate around the need to build 200,000 homes per annum to satisfy the country’s growing demand, regardless of the mix between private and social housing. It is the number agreed by all interested parties on the levels of housing needed to begin reducing the waiting list for UK homes. Everyone including Government, industry specialists and those with the responsibility for building new homes is very aware of this target and its potential impact on the housing situation which exists currently.
The NHBC has launched its new guide on Part L of the Building Regulations to help house builders and specifiers understand the changes. The guide, entitled Part L 2013 - Where to Start, is available for download though the National House Building Council (NHBC) Foundation website.