Catalyst celebrates Topping Out of carbon neutral housing in Hounslow

Catalyst celebrates Topping Out of carbon neutral housing in Hounslow

On Thursday 21 June Catalyst Housing is celebrating the latest milestone in the building of 18 new carbon-neutral affordable homes in Hounslow.

The homes, known as the Greenway, are amongst the first in the country to be built to the toughest requirements for sustainable homes and some of the first in London to meet the latest version of the Mayor of London’s housing design guide.

A unique aspect of these homes is that residents will be monitored in their homes for two years after they move in. This will show how the homes are really used by those that live in them. This information will be used by Catalyst and shared with the wider industry to inform how future sustainable developments are delivered. This will also shape training given to those living in the homes to ensure they are ‘zero carbon ready’.

Catalyst Housing Chief Executive Rod Cahill said:

“Fuel poverty is a real issue and we are committed to building homes to help tackle this. We believe affordable homes should remain affordable after you’ve moved in. Schemes like this underline our commitment to building sustainable, affordable communities.”

Marcus Nelson from MEPK Architects said:

“This project has been designed to be forward looking. It goes beyond the latest design criteria for London, using less energy to heat in winter, providing both passive and active cooling in summer, consequently ‘future proofing’ against the uncertainties of climate change.”

The homes, which consist of four large family homes with three and four bedrooms and 14 two and three bedroom apartments, will be ready for occupation in September 2012.

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