Passive house can help alleviate fuel poverty — report
Hastoe Housing Association has released the findings of a two year study on its first passive house housing development, Wimbish in Essex. The study found that the development performs as designed and delivers very low heating bills for residents.
Hastoe said the study verified its objective of delivering low heating bills to reduce the impact of fuel poverty on residents, and that passive homes have the potential to reduce rent arrears. The 14 home development was the first rural affordable accredited passive house development to be built in the UK.
According to the report, occupants have homes that are economic to run and healthy and comfortable to live in. The homes are using up to 90% less energy for space heating compared to more conventional dwellings, and some residents have experienced heating bills of just £120 a year.
The Building Performance Evaluation Study was supported by the Technology Strategy Board and the University of East Anglia. Click here to download the case study and executive summary of the report.
Hastoe Housing Association is a not-for-profit organisation that owns and manages over 6,000 homes in southern England for affordable housing through letting and shared ownership.