Kingdom Housing Association's Housing Innovation Showcase

11 Sep 2012 12:03 pm

An innovative affordable housing project has been developed in Fife, by Kingdom Housing Association, where 10 modern methods of construction (MMC), have been developed, to provide 27 new social rented homes, as a first phase of a larger affordable housing project. The project was awarded a Green Apple Award on September 11th.

Kingdom worked with a range of partners and procured 10 different construction systems, to deliver the project and Bill Banks, Depute Chief Executive with Kingdom said ‘The incentive and overarching objective of the project was to demonstrate how Modern Methods of Construction could be mainstreamed across larger affordable housing programmes. For a number of years we have investigated MMC and sustainable construction systems, with limited success, this project allowed us to set a challenge to the construction industry, inviting them to provide us with systems that could meet high performance standards and deliver projects which demonstrated Value for Money’’

In addition to demonstrating the mainstream capabilities of the different systems, the project incorporates various renewable technologies and the project will be monitored and evaluated over a 2 year period. A comprehensive monitoring and evaluation programme is being undertaken, where design outputs will be compared with actual building performance. The testing and evaluation programme is being undertaken by Napier University. The post occupancy evaluation will also record actual energy savings and an analysis of tenant’s feedback on the new home. The initial comparative information on the energy and design performance outputs was provided as part of the showcase exhibition on May and the information gained from this study will allow others to make informed decisions, when developing their project briefs

The evaluation programme will allow us to identify a range of factors that can be incorporated into future projects and through others incorporating the systems and the technologies into their housing programmes, costs will reduce, which will facilitate the mainstreaming objectives.

The infrastructure work started on site in September 2011 and the first house building began in November 2011. The 27 new properties were all completed at the end of April 2012 and a 3 week exhibition was held in May, to showcase the different house systems and other housing products and services.

The total project cost is around 3.5 million and funding assistance was provided by the Scottish Government, Fife Council and private finance through Kingdom Housing Association.

Bill added “this project has been very challenging for all parties involved; however the lessons learnt from it will potentially provide valuable information for all housing providers, when considering their design and specification options for future projects and the initial results from the testing carried out has been very encouraging”.

More information on the project is available on www.housinginnovationshowcase,co,uk


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