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New Passivhaus homes among council developments nearing completion

25 Mar 2019

The new council homes at Dobbins Place in Ifield West are nearing completion, ready for tenants to move in.

The new development, led by council construction partner, Westridge, provides four – two bed houses and two – two bed maisonettes, complete with private gardens.

Dobbins Place is the second Passivhaus development in Crawley after Gales Place, Three Bridges was completed in February 2017.

Passivhaus is a German standard of housing designed in the 1990s that concentrates on exceptionally low energy demands, high insulation levels, high performance doors and windows, air tightness to minimise heat loss and mechanical ventilation with highly efficient heat recovery.

Due to their thermal efficiency, Passivhaus properties do not have central heating and comfortable temperatures are maintained all year round. Fresh air is continuously provided by mechanical ventilation. This provides high air quality while reducing condensation.

Annual running costs for the homes are expected to be significantly lower as Passivhaus buildings typically achieve around a 75 per cent reduction in heating requirements compared to standard new buildings.

In addition to the handover of the properties at Dobbins Place, another 124 council homes are also due to be completed and ready for tenants to move into over the course of the next few months:

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Michael Jones, said: “I’m delighted that work on all of these homes is nearly finished. These homes will be a fantastic addition to their neighbourhoods, and our Passivhaus homes at Dobbins Place show this council leading the way in offering a more economical and environmentally sustainable way of living for our residents.

“The 130 new homes due to be completed and handed over to tenants over these next few weeks and months will undoubtedly make a significant difference to the needs of people on our local waiting lists.

“Given the financial pressures facing local government, I am very proud of the achievement of this council and its officers in delivering such a substantial amount of new council housing. It has been a tremendous success story, which everyone should welcome, and there is more to come.”