Affordable, Curvy, and Super Green

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Across the pond in the London Borough of Hillingdon, this infill development of five ultra-green buildings continues to garner attention.  The project, Birchway Eco-Community, was built to Level 5 of the Code of Sustainable Homes (with 6 being the highest possible score) and provides 24 one- and two-bedroom affordable housing units.  These buildings were finished on site after being prefabricated and delivered with kitchens and bathrooms already installed. 


Designed by Acanthus LW Architects for Paradigm Housing, these homes were built with recycled steel and minimal construction waste. 

Green features include a sedum-covered green roof, photovoltaics, solar thermal, rainwater capture for toilet usage, high insulation, abundant natural light, passive ventilation, biomass boiler for heating and hot water, and heat recovery systems. 

It's rare to find style, sustainability, and affordability in one package, but when you do, people tend to notice — even if they're located halfway across the world.  

[+] Watch a video on Birchway Eco-Community


Roof with PV cells



Photo credits: Paradigm Housing.

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  • Timothy R. Hughes

    Very interesting project. The more that sustainability, affordability and ROI can be linked, the better it is for everyone.

  • Joe White

    That looks great, hopefully London will set a trend for the rest of the country.

  • Timothy R. Hughes

    The thing I like best about it is the low cost incorporation of a green roof. So many green roof project are tough to justify financially despite their obvious environmental benefits, but the elegant design here incorporates both cost and sustainability.

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