Elivia Homes has started work on a collection of sustainable properties in the West Sussex village of Fittleworth, including a range of homes that will meet the Passivhaus standard for energy efficiency.
The development of 14 two, three and four-bedroom homes will be one of Elivia Homes’ most sustainable developments to date, embracing a whole-building approach with clear, measured carbon reduction targets and featuring a host of energy saving solutions.
Each property will feature an air source heat pump, advanced fabric insulation, hardwood timber windows and EV charging points to selected plots. The Passivhaus properties will additionally incorporate triple glazing and a Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery system (MVHR) to provide a continuous source of purified ventilation. Moreover, several garages and car ports will feature Sedum roofs to help boost thermal performance, improve drainage flow, and encourage biodiversity.
Elivia Homes’ new development, which will be known as Hawkin’s Field, is being delivered in partnership with South Downs National Park Authority and having sought considerable consultation with Fittleworth Parish Council. The Passivhaus Standard homes are being built for housing association – Worthing Homes.
The development will also feature significant net biodiversity gain with green open space, tree planting and the retention and enhancement of an existing pond.
Kevin Wawman, managing director of Elivia Homes Southern, commented: “I’m delighted that construction work is now underway at Hawkin’s Field in Fittleworth. This innovative development is the result of a partnership between Elivia Homes, South Downs National Park Authority, Fittleworth Parish Council and Worthing Homes and demonstrates how a traditionally designed development in a rural location can embrace modern, low carbon living.
“Working to the stringent standards set by Passivhaus puts us at the forefront of sustainable development and will help inform our future approach to delivering low carbon, energy efficient homes at scale.”
Fittleworth is situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The development is expected to launch to the public in November 2022.