Mendip Place is a development of 6 houses and 4 flats. The site on the outskirts of Chelmsford, Essex originally contained redundant lock-up garages.
The scheme achieved the stringent requirements of Code for Sustainable Homes level 6 i.e. “Zero Carbon”. It is the first affordable housing scheme nationally to achieve this, as well as the first code 6 scheme in the Eastern region, and the largest code 6 scheme accredited to date. To achieve this the dwellings have been fitted with photovoltaic solar panels, and a biomass boiler provides district heating.
Rainwater harvesting has been included together with waste composting facilities. A highly insulated Kingspan structurally insulated panel system was specified for the envelope with a mix of brick, render and cladding. The roofs are orientated to the south to maximise the solar collection.
A roof terrace with an area of green roof aids the biodiversity of the site. Large existing trees have been retained on the site boundaries. A strong sense of place has been created within the development, with shared surface street and high levels of natural surveillance.
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