Delivering Healthy Homes: Tutorial 3 Placemaking

The third in a series of hour-long interactive online tutorials with guest industry experts on how to deliver healthy homes.

Speaker: Neil Murphy, Founding Director, TOWN

Tutorial date: Tuesday 16th June 2020

Guidance Tool

Right to Build Toolkit

The Right to Build toolkit has been developed by the Right to Build Task Force, a professional advice service, and part community-interest company, that supports a range of organisations in their ambitions to deliver more Custom- and Self-build homes in the UK. The Task Force is supported by a team of experts able to provide advice to help unlock the growing demand from people that want to build, or commission, their own home.

Although set up by the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), the Task Force operates completely independently, with an ethical wall between the two organisations. This is because while NaCSBA lobbies government for change, the Right to Build Task Force is solely focused on providing advice to a range of stakeholders to bring on more owner-commissioned homes, including community-led homes, working within the framework of the Right to Build legislation.

Author: National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA)

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Case Study

Springfield Meadows

The development of 25 homes by GHA member Ssassy Property aiming to achieve net zero in use through energy demand reduction measures and solar PV.

The scheme utilises natural materials such as the Biond hemp-lime system to achieve net zero carbon in construction.

Enhancing biodiversity and the protection of wildlife is also a key aim, achieved through the creation of shared outdoor spaces, a wildflower meadow, orchard and pond.

  • The project has followed GHA member Bioregional’s One Planet Living® framework and has had its One Planet Action Plan endorsed as a Global Leader in One Planet Living by Bioregional.
  • All homes will have net zero energy consumption in use with on-site solar photovoltaics and a connection to green electricity supply when needed.
  • The embodied carbon from construction is net zero and will save an estimated 1,250 tonnes of emissions.
  • Waste created during the construction process is diverted from landfill and is recycled or recovered.

Key information

  • Project name: Springfield Meadows
  • Location: Southmoor, Oxfordshire
  • Project type: New Build
  • Sector: Residential
  • No. of dwellings: 25 homes (16 privately owned, 9 affordable)
  • Key dates: February 2019 (Start), February 2020 (Occupation), June 2021 (Completion)

Project team

  • Client: Ssassy Property
  • Architect/designer: Greencore Construction
  • Developer: Ssassy Property
  • Contractor: Greencore Construction
  • Engineers/consultants: Greengauge

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Photo credits: Ssassy Property