Sustainability is critical to us throughout our construction process. Ssassy has appointed Greencore as our construction partner for the scheme. Greencore build each home to Passivhaus energy efficiency standards and the use of hemp-lime insulation in their Biond building system keeps heat the right side of the barrier whatever the season.
Meet the residents: Steve and Abby, Harpenden
The Ssassy Standard
However, we haven’t stopped there. We want to do more than the expected, so we have created the Ssassy Standard. Our standard is one of the leaders in its field and is well above regulatory requirements. Using this, we aim to make each home at Springfield Meadows net zero-energy in use i.e. each home will be designed to generate as much energy across the year as it uses. By applying the Ssassy Standard across all elements of our property development process, we have created a unique offering to deliver outstanding environmental performance in your home.
What are we doing to achieve that?
Many things including:
- Use of high quality Kebony timber cladding – the Kebony technology is an environmentally friendly, patented process that enhances the properties of sustainable softwood
- Insulated raft sub-structure using low carbon concrete
- Biond- a low carbon, closed panel, timber frame construction system insulated with Lime-Hemp and natural fibre insulation to achieve equivalent of Passivhaus Air-tightness below 1 air change per hour
- For pitched roof homes clay tiles with roof integrated PV panels
- For flat-roof homes- EDPM single ply membrane with upstanding PV panels
- Aluminum powder-coated gutters and downpipes
- Cold roof with insulated loft hatch/ladder and 5m2 of boarding
- Generously sized windows and glazed doors for good natural light
- High performance triple-glazed, timber windows
- Solid, thermally efficient, front door
- Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery (MVHR) system with integrated heat pump to provide fresh, warm air in winter and fresh in summer with some cooling
- Additional electric underfloor heating to kitchen and bathrooms
- Photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate electricity from sunlight
- Home energy battery to store energy from the PV panels and cheaper off-peak electricity as appropriate
- Sophisticated smart home system to maximise efficiency
- LED downlighters to all rooms
- A dedicated circuit to allow for future installation of a car-charging pod.
Are we missing anything? Is there something else that we can use? Is there more we could do? Tell us!