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RDA completes eco-home on Newhall development site

London-based architects RDA have completed a low budget, level 4 home on the Newhall development in Harlow, Essex.

The three-bedroom property makes use of a Kingspan solid insulting panel system with 90 per cent recycled timber that reduced air permeability on completion to less than two.

A wind-catcher introduces passive ventilation and roof-mounted solar panels provide hot water while a solar-responsive louvre screen adds privacy to the first floor terrace. Low temperature underfloor heating was also installed.

The RDA project was one of five self-build plots awarded to architects through competition and was completed with a contract value of £230,000.

Director Richard Dudzicki said: ‘The beauty of this particular project is it’s incredibly adaptable. It was completed as a fast-track project on a very tight budget but it’s been remarkably flexible. We’ve been able to adapt it as we’ve gone along.’

The modular design covers a floor area of 178m² over three storeys and is compliant with Lifetime Homes Standards. The client moved in as soon as the framework for the building was complete and furthermodifications, including the addition of exterior screening, were made after the client moved in.

The home joins several environmentally-conscious projects on the Newhall site including a nearby level 6 house also constructed with Kingspan insulating panels.

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