Green Box Associates has been commissioned by the Bourneville Village Trust and Bournville Architects to provide early design advice and assist in the Certification of 40 Extra Care flats which are part of a wider Care Village in the heart of Bournville.
A recent report by the Good Homes Alliance has identified that single aspect flats with communal heating are at high risk of over heating and that the elderly are more as risk of the effects of an over heated home.
Early work has been to modify designs to improve cross ventilation and to use planting, walkways and balconies to provide both over shading and amenity. Plans for a communal heating system have been modified to individual boilers to reduce the risk of overheating from internal hot water distribution pipes
Green box Associates have been asked to provide the following services:
- PHPP modelling
- Thermal bridge modelling
- Sustainability and Energy Statement
- On-site training and advice
The key features we will need to achieve Certified Passivhaus status are:
- Specification of U values
- Specification of Certified Passivhaus components
- Control of overheating