Eco Homes DevelopmentBridgwater, Somerset
This Eco Homes Development is one of the greenest in the country. The overall vision was to produce a sustainable development, constructed from low impact materials. The houses achieved Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH).
The developer and landowner commissioned O2i Design Consultants to develop a detailed design scheme and draw up the building regulations plans.
The dwellings have a minimal impact on the environment. Onsite energy production generates 100% of the minimum electricity demand for lighting and MVHR fans. Wall and roof insulation U values of 0.11 W/m2K are a 100% improvement on the ‘dwelling emission rate’ of a house built to current Building Regulations. The development won the Regen SW Best Sustainable Development award; featured as one of four national case studies of sustainable architecture in a DCLG Sustainable Housing publication (Code for Sustainable Homes) and recognised in the South West LABC Building Excellence Awards for Best Sustainable Project in 2011. The project also featured in the Telegraph’s article – Are eco homes worth building? This early commercial Eco development set a high standard for low carbon developments.