Affordable Housing Meets Green Building In Prefab Birchway Eco Community

2022-06-17 07:21:32 By : Mr. Ringbell Global

Designed by Acanthus LW Architects and built by Paradigm Housing in partnership with Hillingdon, Birchway is made up of 24 one and two bedroom units. Five buildings with curved sedum covered green roofs make up the complex, along with garden space and bicycle storage. The buildings are constructed from prefabricated modules made from 65% recycled steel, which were delivered with the kitchens and bathrooms already installed. Upon arrival, the modules were set into place by crane, connected together and then the exterior, roof and finishes were added. From site clearing to construction completion, the project only took two months to build out.

The beautiful green roofs include both skylights and daylighting windows to let in light to the rooms below. Rainwater is collected from the roof and stored on the side of the house. Photovoltaic systems are installed on the southern aspects and wood-pellet biomass boilers provide heating and hot water. With tight insulation, passive ventilation and heat recovery systems, energy efficiency was a top priority. On top of the spectacularly unique design, the award winning development was built to Level 5 of the UK’s Code of Sustainable Homes, with 6 being the highest.

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Just to be clear, these homes are for social housing, not for private purchase or sale ... glad you like the scheme and thanks for the comments ... for further information see the Birchway website or for videos of the scheme and its construction checkout our YouTube channel at ... Jon theobald, Head of Communications, Paradigm

Great article I also believe that when it comes to selling your property, the kitchen is probably the most important room of all. Modern families spend much of their time in this area: cooking, eating, working and playing. Whether you update the existing space or undertake more major work - knocking down walls to create an open-plan space, for example - transforming your kitchen will pay off

Affordable housing meets stylish design, renewable energy, green roofs, energy efficiency and prefabricated construction in this fantastic housing project in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Birchway Eco Community was built as an infill project to provide affordable housing for residents of Hillingdon and is more than just a series of green built prefab homes. The residents are creating a green charter that will serve as a guidebook for the community on how to live greener lives.

Each of the five buildings is covered in a green sedum roof, along with solar panels and skylights.

A sedum roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and soil planted over a waterproofing membrane. Sedum is a succulent plant also known as stonecrop.

Photovoltaic systems are mounted on the southern aspects and help power the community and common areas.

The prefabricated modules are lifted into place via crane and connected together.

The roof and cladding are added on after the modules are in place.

The modules themselves are constructed from 65% recycled steel.

Birchway has 24 one and two bedroom units in five separate buildings.

Tight insulation, passive ventilation as well as a heat recovery system help make the buildings energy efficient.

The skylights in the roof as well as the large windows on the side help provide lots of natural daylight into the interiors.

The Birchway Eco Community is all affordable housing built on an infill lot.

This community is more than just a development and is working on creating a resident's green charter to help people live greener lifestyles.