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WEST OF ENGLAND HOUSING DELIVERY PANEL Sustainable Housing Conference February 2015 Kevin Hartnett Business Development Director Hastoe Housing.

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1 WEST OF ENGLAND HOUSING DELIVERY PANEL Sustainable Housing Conference February 2015 Kevin Hartnett Business Development Director Hastoe Housing

2 Innovation Rural specialist Sustainable Homes Quality new homes & services

3 Operating area Distribution of homesRural Source:DEFRA, 2009 █ Other urban █ Large urban █ Major urban █ >80% rural █ >50% rural █ Significantly rural

4 Hastoe’s Key Strategic Ambitions 1.To be distinctive in the quality of homes and services 2.To encourage innovation 3.To safeguard rural communities 4.To protect the climate 5.To use our experience to influence national policy

5 Households in fuel poverty

6 Hastoe’s Home Energy Bills Study Unexpected results from first year (2013) No evidence of higher costs from storage heaters Energy consumption and cost below national averages: only two homes exceed the Ofgem 2012 annual benchmark (£1,342) none exceeded the Ofgem energy consumption benchmark (19,800 kWh pa) some would pay >50% more to achieve adequate heating Suggest homes not adequately heated: Fixed budgets Not all rooms used Under-heating Secondary heat source (multi-fuel stoves and open fires). Frugal lifestyles

7 Passivhaus Principles German system No conventional heating Air tightness Embedded insulation MVHR Takes heat from everyday activity Design to keep cool, not warm

8 Our Passivhaus programme Study trip to Germany First scheme completed three years ago Three schemes now completed More than one hundred homes on site The right contractors The right designers The right consultants

9 Why bother? Extra costs Industry don’t really understand it Difficult to realise extra value in rent or sales No extra grant Fiddly and difficult

10 Gaining support Sensitive design is key Community Land Trusts (CLTs) Parish Councils Local Authorities Homes and Communities Agency Generates new business Our profile

11 Our Passivhaus programme

12 Wimbish


14 Ditchingham

15 Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk

16 Wimbish study 30 month study University of East Anglia/ Technology Strategy Board Homes performed as designed Very low energy bills Most comprehensive study to date Proves PH as viable way forward High quality process start to finish

17 Affordability Average dual fuel bill pa £1,233 Wimbish results - 3 bed house £120 - 2 bed flat £52 Affordable Rents Capital costs

18 Some more findings... Low bills (irrespective of use) Lighter clothing and more heat – minimal effect on bills No condensation or cold surfaces Greater comfort Electricity use varies: appliances and use Design and build quality critical; resist value engineering Filter cleaning

19 Resident engagement Briefing before moving in.......and a follow up...and relets Good literature Minor lifestyle changes to maximise benefits Design to minimise learning Whole house running costs

20 Resident views (summer 2013 during heatwave)

21 Straw bale homes Likely to be significantly cheaper to keep warm 60% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions Insulation standards nearly 3x higher than current building regulation requirements Build costs comparable to conventionally constructed homes Double the fire resistance required by law



24 High Ongar

25 Business case for high standards National profile/ USP New business Parish Councils, Local Authorities HCA relationship “ Hastoe are at the vanguard of high quality design and energy efficiency” Colin Molton HCA Director, rural conference November 2014 AONBs, National Parks, sensitive areas Rent arrears Fuel poverty Quality, healthy homes - right thing to do!

26 Recent Awards January 2015 Housing Innovation Awards (shortlist) – best use of new technology (heat pump programme) September 2014 Best rural scheme in Devon (Devon Rural Housing awards) - Hemyock July 2014 Passivhaus Trust best design - Burnham Overy Staithe April 2014 Green Apple award – High Ongar March 2014 Inside Housing Top 50 UK Affordable Housing schemes – Rousillon Park November 2013 Sustainable Developer of the year – What House Awards September 2013 'Best Rural Innovation' - National Housing Awards (Crawley Down) August 2013 'Green Apple Award' - (Ditchingham)

27 Energy efficiency presentations National Housing Federation Annual Conference – innovation in rural energy efficiency – new build and retro fit Cambridgeshire Acre in- Passivhaus principles and practice Passivhaus Trust conference in Birmingham HCA’s Design and Sustainability Conference in Brighton – innovative construction and design Housing Forum national conference - raising standards and the sector response to Government standards review HCA east region team - presentation and case study visit to Wimbish HCA East and South Region on developing to Passivhaus and developing straw bale developments HCA staff conference in London - housing standards Hastoe Wimbish Learning conference with architects, University of East Anglia and key staff Fuel poverty conference – energy efficient design Annual RHAG Conference – rural fuel poverty Dacorum District Council’s Rural Housing conference Uttlesford District Council Conference for the Eastern region Bristol Big Green Week - a business case for Passivhaus. HACT learning event – leading a discussion on energy standards Sustainable Homes SHIFT Awards in London Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) annual conference – rural energy efficiency CIH London conference – our retrofit experience Retrofit Live – Gaymer memorial cottages retrofit Community Land Trust national conference – building in energy efficient design to CLT homes ACRE conference – design quality for energy efficiency Defra’s Rural Stakeholders meeting on rural housing and fuel poverty

28 Rent Arrears All properties 3.6% Retrofit, GSHP and PV 1.7% Passivhaus – almost zero Overall home running costs – rent and energy

29 Energy efficient homes - rents and valuations HCA rent restrictions Campaigning Values – DECC report RICS guidance notes Our recent experience PH marketing strategy

30 Future ……. 20% of our programme Industry scale Community pressure – benefits Near PH standards Sales values Rent flexibility

31 Films Ground Source Heat Pumps Gaymer Memorial retrofit Straw bale construction Energy saving in the home

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