Residents move into Shropshire passive house scheme

Residents move into Shropshire passive house scheme

A £2m passive house residential scheme has now been handed over to residents in Shropshire. The mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes in Callaughtons Ash, Much Wenlock, comprises ten homes for social rental and two in shared ownership.

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The development is intended as an “exemplar model for unlocking small green land sites and improving the quality of family living in rural areas of the West Midlands,” according to architects Architype.

Known as one of the UK’s leading passive house design firms, Architype also say that the project involved “re-thinking how people use domestic space in modern day families” and the way standard homes are organised.

Investigating the local vernaculars of Shropshire, the development aims to sit comfortably in its rural surroundings, complimented by a natural palette of UK sourced materials. This includes clay roof tiles that have been quarried and made within 25 miles of the site, lime render provided by local company Lime Green and UK grown thermally modified hardwood cladding.

Project architect Paul Neep said: "It has been a great experience working with South Shropshire Housing Association and the local delivery team SJ Roberts on their first passive house project. They truly embraced the standard and have proven that passive house is easily achievable when you collaborate. We are delighted at the reaction of the tenants and look forward to seeing how well the homes are performing through occupation."