We are seeking a high standard of sustainability – either Passivhaus or AECB Silver standard, and have chosen our architectural advisors accordingly. We require homes with ample natural light, and expect to make maximum practical use of PV, solar water, and passive solar heating (allowing that this can be affected by features of the site chosen). Building to ‘lifetime standards’ – so that the buildings are suitable for frail older people (and/or can be easily modified as required) – is taken as a minimum, not a maximum. We are considering the possibility of becoming a demonstration site for sustainable housing development – as this we allow us to obtain more favourable terms with some of the leading companies who manufacture systems and materials for ‘green building’.
Such a high eco specification will add to the initial cost of our houses but will greatly reduce the costs of heating and lighting our homes.
sustainable, third age, retirement, fifty plus, cohousing, senior cohousing