Birchway is one of the first non-experimental Zero Carbon housing schemes to be built in London. The development of 24 rented flats inhabits a tight backland site and has been laid out and modelled to minimize overlooking and overshadowing to surrounding private gardens. The flats are grouped into separate 2-storey buildings, each constructed in an off-site volumetric system and incorporating high levels of insulation and airtightness.
Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 has been achieved using photovoltaic roof panels, biomass district heating, passive ventilation and heat recovery. Sedum green roofs are combined with rainwater/grey water management and bio-diverse planting.
The development has been awarded the Sustain Magazine Hansgrove Award for Development 2010 and OSC Magazine Award for Best Offsite Housing Project 2009.
Client: Paradigm Housing / Riva Properties