All 51 homes at an affordable residential scheme in Rainham, Essex have received Passivhaus certification. The development consists of a mix of family homes and apartments, arranged in two rows of three-storey homes, a row of two-storey terraces and an apartment building.

The project for Circle Housing Group is one of the largest in the UK, and has been built using Climate Energy Home’s proprietary ecoTECH timber frame system. Architects Maccreanor Lavington worked in colloboration with WARM: Low Energy Building Practice to develop a site specific Passivhaus solution using the patented, off-site constructed build system .

“Rainham is a terrific example of how smart thinking, in design and build, can be achieved at reasonable cost and meet the needs of those who need it most. By adopting Passivhaus principles we were able to bring a level of innovation to the project that not only ensured high quality, but the highest standards of sustainability along with affordability – a triumvirate seldom achieved”

Gerard Maccreanor, Maccreanor Lavington Architects

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