UK Green Building Council

Architype plans UK’s largest Passivhaus housing scheme

Date released: 
24 Apr 2013

UK Green Building Council member Architype has submitted a planning application for the UK’s largest Passivhaus housing scheme in rural Herefordshire.  

The scheme would consist of 150 houses with Passivhaus certification, delivering heating costs as low as £70 per year for a three-bed house.

The houses have been designed to complement both the character of the rural area and Passivhaus, resulting in house plans that are shallower in depth and wider in frontage than typical developer houses, creating a more spacious, open plan and flexible layout.

Clusters of houses would also be set within a landscape of winding lanes and native hedgerows, swales and wetlands, and generous green community open space featuring allotments and orchards.

The development is being proposed under Archihaus, a new Herefordshire-based company formed by two locally based families in partnership with Architype and Churchman Landscape Architects. As part of this, Archihaus plans to create a house factory in the Herefordshire Enterprise Zone, capable of building 500 sustainable homes per year.

Jonathan Hines, Director of Architype, said: “It has been a liberating experience to rethink our role as architects and tackle the issue of housing development from first principles. I hope that this scheme will establish a new benchmark in housing development, by demonstrating that better design quality and Passivhaus can be achieved as standard.”

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