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8 industry news PLANNING Farrells awarded planning for new ECO House

Goudhurst, Kent. The eco house design met the exceptional


architectural quality and innovation criteria required by the National Planning Policy Frame- work, providing special circumstances for a new dwelling to be built in the countryside. Located on the edge of the Kent village of

Goudhurst, existing disused farm sheds on the site will be replaced by the proposed five-bed- room family home. The low impact house is stepped and sunk into the sloping site, making it appear as single storey with views across the High Weald area, which is an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Farrells Partner, Gary Young said: “This

‘buffer thinking’ approach, first proposed by Far- rells in the 1980’s, applies climate awareness and intelligent passive design rather than heavy handed technology. The design of the eco house not only reduces exposure to extreme heat losses, but also gains from wind and sun, creating inte- riors, which are cool in the summer and warm in the winter. “This will be the first home to use low-carbon

and zero-cement structural concrete from ground blast furnace slag in floors and retaining

HEALTHY HOME MARK Launch of the ‘Healthy Home Mark’ E

ffective and sustained mechanical ventilation in brand new homes has been identified as being integral to the mainte-

nance of healthy indoor air, and the health of homeowners. However, a new survey of over 5,000 UK residents has identified that just 8 per cent have a continuous mechanical ventilation system in place. The British Electrotechnical and Allied

Manufacturers’ Association (BEAMA) is there- fore taking action to help protect and improve indoor air quality, and the health of future generations, by launching the ‘Healthy Home Mark’ campaign. The campaign calls for support of a ‘Healthy

Home Mark’ in all brand new homes to help homebuyers identify that the property has been fitted with an effective mechanical ventilation, which delivers healthy indoor air. A key factor in the effectiveness of continuous

mechanical ventilation, including MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery), is correct installation by trained and experienced installers along with the provision of understand- able user information and guidance for home

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owners. Therefore, to help prepare the home- building industry for the ‘Healthy Home Mark’ scheme, BEAMA is working with partner organ- isations to develop training and competency frameworks for installers, in addition to lobbying for tighter compliance controls. Professor Hazim Awbi, Founding Director of

the Indoor Environment and Energy Research Group (IEERG) and the Engineering Doctorate Centre Technologies for Sustainable Built Environment (TSBE), University of Reading, explained: “There needs to be increased awareness of effectively installed MHVR systems to prevent a rise in future health issues, particularly as UK homes become increasingly air tight and energy efficient. I support the view that all new and refurbished homes should have effective and sustained mechanical ventilation installed as standard and also support the need for a ‘healthy home mark’ to ensure homes meet indoor air quality standards to protect our health.’’ To join the campaign, sign the online petition

for the introduction of a ‘Healthy Home Mark’ by visiting:

Professor Hazim Awbi

walls. Renewable energy will be supplied by bio- mass and photovoltaic solar panels. Water conservation and harvesting, water treatment with reed beds, locally sourced timber, brick and tiles, recycled earth and local stone in gabion gar- den walls all contribute to setting new standards for rural house construction”. Client Russell Jarvis, of Jarvis Homes, said:

“We look forward to delivering this innovative eco house and welcome the proactive engage- ment with the Council’s planning team on design standards. Green box and closed loop recycling of construction waste, zero landfill and green sourcing are integral parts of our business”. The project is due to start on site later

this year.

ward winning architect planners, Farrells has been awarded planning con- sent for a new rural eco house in

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