13 affordable passive homes completed in Crawley, West Sussex

Crawley Borough Council’s first passive house development, designed by Accredited Passivhaus Design (APD), has been completed and certified to the passive house standard.

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Gales Place in Three Bridges provides 13 new affordable homes, six flats and seven houses, for local residents. Each property is heated by just one radiator and two towel rails.

The development is located on a complex site and provides a new urban space next to an existing community centre, safe routes to the adjacent primary school, and car parking for residents and other local people.

Heating bills for a typical two-bedroom house at the development are predicted to be about £15 per month, or less than 50p per day.

APD’s certified passive house designer Peter Ranken said: “As council housing is provided for people in housing need, the low energy use of these passive house homes will make a strong contribution to reducing fuel poverty. Also, the good construction quality of these dwellings will ensure durability and comfort for the future.”

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Councillor Stephen Joyce, Crawley’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This is a brilliant development that not only provides high quality housing, but also lowers energy bills and has less of an environmental impact. I am so pleased that we have these to offer our tenants and I hope that we are able to offer more passive house homes in the future.”

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