Hastoe marks the start of a new affordable Passivhaus development in Burwash

Hastoe and Beattie Passive Norse held a turf cutting event yesterday to celebrate the start of a new affordable Passivhaus housing development being built in Burwash, East Sussex.

Burwash turf turningLocal MP, Right Honourable Gregory Barker MP, was guest of honour and officially marked the start of construction of 10 new homes for local people. The homes are due to be completed in Spring 2015.

Last year, Rother District Council approved plans to build these much-needed affordable homes on a rural exception site at Shrub Lane, Burwash. The £1.9m project, which is being delivered by Hastoe and constructed by Beattie Passive Norse, will mean that these homes will be built to full Passivhaus certification and will help meet the housing need in the area.

The tenure mix of the development will be as follows:

Affordable rent:

·        2 x 1 bed flat
·        1 x 1 bed bungalow
·        2 x 2 bed flats
·        2 x 2 bed houses
·        1 x 3 bed houses

Shared ownership:

·        2 x 2 bed houses

The homes are being built using a patented construction method developed by Beattie Passive. This method provides a continuous insulation seal around the core of a timber framed structure, which delivers dramatic cost, time and environmental benefits.Passivhaus is the common-sense approach to delivering well-designed, green and energy efficient homes, which particularly benefits rural areas where fuel poverty is significant.Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort while using very little energy for heating and cooling.Using the passivhaus method cuts carbon emissions by an estimated 90 per cent and can take the tenants’ heating bills down as low as £120 a year. They are built with meticulous attention to detail and rigorous design and construction according to principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany.

The passivhaus standard means a high thermal efficiency to the envelope of the building. The majority of the heating is therefore attained by the act of living in the dwelling and capturing the heat generated through cooking, lighting, refrigeration etc. A passivhaus has an MVHR ventilation system which uses this captured heat to pre-heat the incoming fresh air. As a back up to this system the house has a small combi boiler which can be used to heat a radiator in the lounge and towel rail in the bathroom.

These homes will be built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and Lifetime Homes standards. Burwash is Hastoe South region’s second passivhaus development and this is the second project that Hastoe is working on with Beattie Passive Norse.  They are also working with our East Region developing another passivhaus scheme in Rattlesden.


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