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Affordable housing meets stylish design, renewable energy, green roofs, energy efficiency and prefabricated construction in this fantastic housing project in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Birchway Eco Community was built as an infill project to provide affordable housing for residents of Hillingdon and is more than just a series of green built prefab homes. The residents are creating a green charter that will serve as a guidebook for the community on how to live greener lives.

Designed by Acanthus LW Architects and built by Paradigm Housing in partnership with Hillingdon, Birchway is made up of 24 one and two bedroom units. Five buildings with curved sedum covered green roofs make up the complex, along with garden space and bicycle storage. The buildings are constructed from prefabricated modules made from 65% recycled steel, which were delivered with the kitchens and bathrooms already installed. Upon arrival, the modules were set into place by crane, connected together and then the exterior, roof and finishes were added. From site clearing to construction completion, the project only took two months to build out.

The beautiful green roofs include both skylights and daylighting windows to let in light to the rooms below. Rainwater is collected from the roof and stored on the side of the house. Photovoltaic systems are installed on the southern aspects and wood-pellet biomass boilers provide heating and hot water. With tight insulation, passive ventilation and heat recovery systems, energy efficiency was a top priority. On top of the spectacularly unique design, the award winning development was built to Level 5 of the UK’s Code of Sustainable Homes, with 6 being the highest.

+ Birchway Eco Community

+ Acanthus LW Architects

+ Paradigm Housing

Via Jetson Green

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  1. BIG Architects' Hill Ho... December 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    [...] Hill House is not a house with a garden — it is a garden house that sits underneath a green roof covered in sedum plants, which are low maintenance and drought tolerant. The sedum roof infiltrates [...]

  2. Winners of the Natural ... September 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    [...] entries were from emerging professionals and the other two were student led design projects. The affordable, single-family houses are between 720 and 880 sq ft and are designed to meet LEED Platinum standards as well as be [...]

  3. Tiny London Lot Transfo... September 10, 2010 at 1:01 am

    [...] of 2009. During the planning process, the former Urban Design Officer at Islington Council said the affordable housing project was “the best design for an infill development in the [...]

  4. jontheobald March 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Just to be clear, these homes are for social housing, not for private purchase or sale … glad you like the scheme and thanks for the comments … for further information see the Birchway website or for videos of the scheme and its construction checkout our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/paradigmhousing … Jon theobald, Head of Communications, Paradigm

  5. manny March 13, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Great article
    I also believe that when it comes to selling your property, the kitchen is probably the most important room of all. Modern families spend much of their time in this area: cooking, eating, working and playing. Whether you update the existing space or undertake more major work – knocking down walls to create an open-plan space, for example – transforming your kitchen will pay off

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