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MH Architects design West Sussex Passivhaus development

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[FIRST LOOK] Standings Court social housing development incorporates 12 houses designed to Passivhaus and CSH level 4 and 26 units that are CSH level 5 certified

Standings Court is a three block terraced social housing development located in Horsham, West Sussex.

Designed by MH Architects for Saxon Weald Housing Association, the 38 houses were manufactured off-site using SIPs which incorporated FSC certified timber and A+ rated materials.

Twelve houses were designed to Passivhaus and CSH level 4 standards and are expected to reduce annual heating consumption to below £100.

The remaining 26 units accomplished the CSH level 5 certification, as recycling facilities and cycle storage were incorporated, combined with a photovoltaic array to offset the carbon produced. All houses incorporate environmental features such as a highly insulated thermal envelope, triple glazed windows and MVHR.


Standings Court housing development by MH Architects

Design team

Architects: MH Architects

Structural Engineers: Gemma Design

M&E consultant: Derek Durant Associates

Quantity surveyor: Philip Pank Partnership

CDM Coordinator: Philip Pank Partnership

Landscape Architect: Terra Firma

Passivhaus Consultant: Warm Associates

C4SH Energy Consultant: Brooks Devlin Ltd.

Main contractor: Goeffrey Osborne Ltd.

Timber Frame: Innovare Systems

Project data

Type Of Project: Affordable housing

Client: Saxon Weald Housing Association

Funding: HCA + Saxon Weald

Tender date: August 2010

Start on site date: Novermber 2010

Completion date: April 2012

Contract duration: 18 months

Gross internal floor area: 3,043 m2

Form of contract: JCT Design and Build  2005

Total cost:  approximately £4.8 million

Environmental features for the 12 units designed to Passivhaus and CSH level 4 standards

Annual predicted CO2 emissions: DER = 10.23 kg/m2/year

Predicted air tightness levels: < 0.6 ACH

Predicted energy demands: < 120 kWh per /m2/year

Wall u-values: 0.11W/m2K

Floor u-values: 0.08 W/m2K

Roof u-values: 0.10 W/m2K

Glazing u-values: 0.9-1.0 W/m2K

Environmental features for the 26 units designed to CSH level 5 standards

Annual predicted CO2 emissions: DER: -0.2 kg/m2/year, Net CO2 emmisions: 9.7 kg/m2/year

Predicted air tightness levels: 0.25 ACH

Predicted energy demands: 1,270.7 kWh/year/dwelling

Wall u-values: 0.14W/m2K

Floor u-values: 0.1W/m2K

Roof u-values: 0.1W/m2K

Glazing u-values: 0.9 - 1.0W/m2K


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