Revolutionary Development uses Polypipe Eco-Vat
Seven Eco-Vat rainwater harvesting systems from Polypipe have been installed in a ground breaking development in the heart of the mining community in County Durham. The Close, in Houghton-le-Spring is a series of seven detached homes on a former brownfield site, where abandoned farm building were used to store machinery. This sustainable residential scheme is the brainchild of Spring Oak Developments Ltd. a private developer at the cutting edge of sustainable housing in the North East.
Director, Bill King has a vision for the properties to defy the conventional build for this part of the country, and so incorporated the most up to date and innovative sustainable systems and features. He used timber frame for the buildings’ envelopes, Low E glass for the windows as well as solar thermal panels to minimise the need for supplementary heating systems. The Eco-Vat rainwater harvesting concept played a major role in his ambition for total eco-design.
The systems were supplied by Polypipe WMS, a dedicated team within Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of drainage and water systems. Eco-Vat provides a sustainable and long term cost effective solution to reducing the need for mains water consumption, with tanks able to store and filter rainwater for re-use.
“The Eco-Vat system will provide increased cost savings on water bills,” comments Mr King. “These homes in this part of the country are innovative and revolutionary in design and reduce the overall carbon footprint of the buildings.” As with any new concept, it took a lot of educating the local authorities and water companies on how the system would work, but once they recognised the benefits of the concept, they were keen to see it fulfilled. It was even awarded the Local Building Excellence Award for Best Small Housing Project (Small Development) by Sunderland City Council.
The showhome on the site is now complete and Spring Oak is offering buyers of the remaining homes the opportunity to customise the interior of their homes before they are finally finished, to the highest ecological and environmental standards.
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