Greenhouse

A pioneering South Wales developer has set the standard for sustainability excellence at its flagship housebuilding project – fitting eight properties with exhaust air heat pump (EAHP) systems.

When Andrew Marston stumbled across a moored WWII Ferro concrete barge on the Penryn harbour in Cornwall, he saw beyond the rust – envisaging a workshop space bringing together functionality, contemporary design and sustainable living.

The Cross Street Eco Town Development is an award-winning sustainable development which involved the construction of four new 2 and 3 bedroom dwellings ranging in size from 63 to 102m².

Introducing Aktivhaus, a triple zero home that generates 200% energy. The design is based on spaces and shows how even the smallest of London sites could use this model. As the design is also stackable, in the future, it also could also apply to med-high rise developments.

Rory Bergin, Head of Sustainability & Innovation at HTA, the architecture firm commissioned by VELUX to design its CarbonLight Homes, explains how technology can be used to provide energy efficiency and comfort.

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