We are proposing an innovative affordable housing development on the outskirts of Ivybridge that embeds renewable energy, energy efficiency, healthy living and green transport in the design of the project.
For those with low or modest incomes, housing, energy and mobility represent a considerable proportion of their total expenditure and frequently one or more of these elements will prove unaffordable, forcing them to make compromises or to do without. It is becoming increasingly difficult for new entrants into the housing market in the South Hams and the issues around fuel and transport poverty are well documented.
The principal objective is to deliver 30 residential dwellings, all for social rent. To achieve this we plan to demonstrate exemplar energy performance through the delivery of ultra-high performance building fabric and efficiency measures, the provision of a significant volume of onsite generated renewable energy, and to maximise its on-site usage through shared electric vehicles (EVs) and a smart controlled microgrid.
The scheme will be at the forefront of sustainable design and development, in keeping with the council’s strategy for sustainability in the built environment and is a blue print for the type of housing we should be building in a Climate Emergency. Given the rural character of the site, the scheme will be ecologically sensitive in design, and result in enhanced bio-diversity.
The key elements of such a project would be:
The principal benefits of a HEMS development would be: