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Mole completes Norfolk eco-housing development

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Mole Architects has finished this £1.2 million low energy housing scheme in Fulmodeston village, North Norfolk

The 690m² affordable housing scheme features four semi-detached two and three-bedroom houses.

Two of the homes, completed for Broadland Housing, have been certified to Passivhaus standard.

Built under rural exception housing policies the development provides new affordable homes for local households outside the Norfolk village’s development boundary.

The scheme also has a sister project in the nearby village of Barney. This four home development has been built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, and will be monitored to compare it with the Fulmodeston scheme.

The architect’s view

‘Broadland Housing, Fulmodeston village, North Norfolk, is an affordable housing development of 2 and 3-bed semi-detached houses. Materials draw on locally-referenced black clay pantiles, brick and finished timber boards. Careful north/south orientation and solar shading make best use of passive solar gain. Compact form, restriction of window size, predominantly south facing openings, high insulation levels, heat recovery ventilation and timber primary structure together reduce energy loss.

‘The scheme is the first Passivhaus development in North Norfolk and the first by Broadland Housing Association. The scheme enables construction of high quality homes previously unaffordable due to distorted house prices from North Norfolk’s holiday market and high fuel poverty affecting over 25 per cent of households due to low income/no mains gas.

‘The properties are occupied by local residents working nearby or with strong family connections to the area. The project was a successful partnership between Broadland Housing and North Norfolk District Council, who partially funded the project. The land was generously donated by local landowner Lord Astley in exchange for maximum sustainability and exemplar design, including selection of Mole Architects.

Fulmodeston housing development by Mole Architects

Fulmodeston housing development by Mole Architects

Project data

Location Fulmodeston and Barney, Nr Fakenham, North Norfolk
Type of project residential
Architect Mole Architects
Client Broadland Housing
Funding Broadland Housing association in collaboration with North Norfolk District Council
Tender date April 2012
Start on site date October 2012
Completion date July 2013
Contract duration 9 months
Gross internal floor area 690m² total
Form of contract and/or procurement design and build
Total cost £1.12 million
Actual air tightness levels 0.6ach
Annual heating energy demands 12kWh/m²/year
Heating loads 10W/m²
Primary energy demand 87 kWh/m²
Specific environmental targets PassivHaus and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3

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