Experts at Focus Consultants were involved in a unique green housing scheme where future residents built their homes using straw bales and timber.
The development in Leeds is the UK’s first affordable green co-housing project, and Focus Consultants in Boston were appointed as the assessor to verify the scheme’s green credentials.
“This is a really interesting project to provide affordable homes, and is the first time in the UK that a complete housing development has been built using Modcell prefabricated panels with straw bales for insulation,” said Trevor Newton, partner at Focus Consultants’ Lincolnshire offices.
“We were proud to be a part of it and hope that such examples of innovative housing will help to inspire future developments across the nation.”
LILAC – Low Impact Living Affordable Community – is a co-housing project which is self-funded by its members with help from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The 20 new houses and apartments were built around a community ‘common house’ designed with shared cooking, eating, laundry, leisure and meeting facilities that allows all members of the community to live together in a way that will drastically reduce their carbon footprint.
State-of-the-art technologies have been implemented, which include whole house mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, high efficiency gas boilers, triple glazing and solar photovoltaic arrays to help offset energy use and heating demand.
“Focus has had close communication with the project team, ensuring that design principles were achieved under all nine categories of the Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment. The scheme has successfully achieved Code Level 4 at design stage in line with the client requirements,” added Trevor.
Client: Lindum Construction
Role: Energy Assessor
Value: £2.3 Million