The three 2 x bedroom houses will contribute to the Council’s existing housing stock providing homes for those waiting on the council housing list.
The development at 75-79 Montgomery Avenue, are the first homes to be built by the Council that are designed to ‘Passivhaus’ standard. This means that the properties should reduce energy demand by up to 90% compared to a building complying to current UK building regulations.
The homes are energy efficient thanks to a thermally efficient shell, reducing heat loss through air leakage, high performing triple-glazed windows and doors and a heat recovery ventilation system.
Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “I’m delighted to see the completion of these new eco-homes - a first for Bournemouth. With this successful build under our belt we hope to be able to roll out the Passivhaus design specification across future properties across the town in the future. It’s fantastic that we can not only provide much needed affordable accommodation for local people but also lead the way in energy efficient new builds in Bournemouth whilst reducing fuel poverty.”
The main benefits of building to Passivhaus design include; a reduction in construction timescales by simplifying the construction process, improved build quality, durability, reduced maintenance costs and increased building life. Residents should see reduced fuel bills, reduced need to use heating, reduced draughts and condensation and cleaner homes, due to the ventilation system removing dust and pollen.