Housing of the future wins two top awards

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Catalyst Housing’s zero carbon development The Greenway (the first housing in London to meet the very highest standards in three key environmental and sustainability measures), was voted “Best small development” by the readers of First Time Buyer magazine, at a ceremony held on Friday 26 April, at London’s prestigious 5-star Landmark Hotel.

The Greenway has also won a Green Apple Environment Award in the national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities, this will be awarded on the 24 June.

The Greenway, in Hounslow already holds the coveted “Code 6” level of The Sustainable Homes Standard – the highest level possible.  It is only awarded to homes that can demonstrate the very highest environmental standards.

When it opened in December 2012, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson praised it as a “fantastic project which combines the highest environmental standards with truly innovative design. With decent sized, energy efficient homes”. He said: “The Greenway boasts precisely the qualities I want to see in housing developments right across the capital.”

The 18 properties, which were delivered by Catalyst in partnership with Willmott-Dixon, MEPK Architects and the London Borough of Hounslow, have been designed from the ground-up to be ecologically sensitive and low-energy, ensuring that The Greenway leads the field in providing housing to help its residents live environmentally-friendly yet cost effective lives:

  • It is very energy efficient. It features a biomass pellet boiler, with a 90% efficiency rating, for the underfloor heating, which we hope will greatly reduce residents’ gas and electricity bills;
  • Rainwater harvesting collecting water from the roof to feed the toilets – reducing water consumption by almost half, to 80 litres per day (the national average is 150 litres);
  • Photovoltaic cells convert light directly into electricity.  Each resident can monitor this and the heat in their homes in real time, to help them plan their energy use;
  • An orchard of mini fruit trees and allotment space encourages residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables;
  • As part of an innovative and environmentally-friendly promotional campaign, all applicants had to show they understood a commitment to green living with a questionnaire on green and sustainable living. This included sending drawings of how they would plan out and use their allotments, what sustainable practices they would adopt and how green their current living was.

Julia Moulder, director of development for Catalyst said: “We’re delighted that The Greenway has been recognised by First Time Buyer magazine’s readers. This is a well deserved acknowledgement for all those who worked to deliver an exceptional and zero carbon development. For the next two years we’ll be monitoring the green technologies in action – and using that to help inform our future developments to ensure we are building homes to benefit new residents.”