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Posted: 2017-10-25 19:44:02

This beautiful 14 unit development is affordable, sustainable and built to last.

Passivhaus, or Passive House, is becoming so popular that it is getting hard to keep up with all the fascinating projects being done around the world. Inhabitat points us to this one that I somehow missed in Norfolk, UK that shows how far Passivhaus has come to be almost mainstream. There are a number of unusual aspects to Carrowbreck Meadow.

no trees blocking view© Jefferson Smith/ Hamson Barron Smith

First, it was developed by Broadland Growth, a private development company put together by the Broadland District Council and the Norfolk County council, so it is sort of but not quite public housing. Some are rented; some are sold on a shared equity basis. The fourteen units were built to Passivhaus standard because "it means reduced need for space heating and higher levels of comfort and wellbeing. The carbon reduction is also good for the environment – which means everyone benefits. And for the local community, our homes both enhance the area and provide an affordable option for people with who live or work in Broadland."

The houses were designed by Hamson Barron Smith, a multidisciplinary 130 person firm of architects, engineers and consultants, not the usual kind of firm one usually sees designing small Passivhaus projects.

Have a look around new Passivhaus Development Carrowbreck Meadow from Broadland Growth on Vimeo.

Being a sort of social housing, "maintaining the highest public sector values", 43 percent of the site is devoted to affordable housing. They look good too;

The design response is a contemporary rendition of a well-established and local typology, a ‘Norfolk style’ –defined by a number of references to the historic barn vernacular seen throughout the county. A material pallet of white render, black stained timber cladding and either slate or plain red roof tiles also reflects the materials used in the adjacent Carrowbreck House.

solar screens over windows© Jefferson Smith/ Hamson Barron Smith

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