First look at new Passivhaus homes

Prospective buyers of our new energy-efficient homes in Whitleigh have taken a sneak peek at them.

Visitors looked around a home at Primrose Park to experience what life in a Passivhaus home will be like.

Passivhaus is an energy standard with excellent thermal performance, meaning bills are extremely low.

The homes are for shared ownership sale through SO Living, our sales arm.

The first phase of homes – four two bed terraced properties – are due for completion in January. The next phase will include three bedroomed houses.

Tracey White, Sales and Marketing Manager for SO Living, said: “We had quite a few people through the door – families, couples, some who had already reserved a plot and some who just wanted to find out a bit more about it.

“We explained more about what it’s like to live in a Passivhaus home.

“We had some really good feedback from everyone who attended.”

Ben Kerswell and his family are moving into one of the homes and visited the site on Saturday to see the development.

Ben, currently a PCH tenant living just a stone’s throw away in Brentford Avenue, said: “We knew we wanted to get on the housing ladder. Where we live at the moment we have someone above us and it’s only a two-bed flat.”

“The kids go to school locally so we didn’t want to move too far.

“I can’t wait to move in. We were not too keen on the build at first but now we’ve seen it we love it.”

As well as the four homes for shared ownership sale, the first phase includes 19 homes for affordable rent.

When the scheme is complete, 23 homes will be available for shared ownership sale and 49 for affordable rent.