<span>The</span><span>Triangle</span>

The Triangle

The Triangle

Healthy, airy and bright with low running costs - our approach to the development of the environmental and services strategies for 42 houses and apartments on a greenfield site in Swindon. The Triangle is the first completed project of Hab Oakus, a joint venture between the housing group Green Square and HAB, a company set up by Grand Designs' Kevin McCloud to create communities that are sustainable in the widest sense.

Our environmental concepts focused on minimising the energy demand of the homes whilst providing comfortable environments for the people living in them. Warm in the winter; cool and airy in the summer. Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery helps reduce heat loss and also helps reduce instances of asthma. The secure natural ventilation strategy uses the 'chimney' to vent hot air and keep the homes cool in the summer. The combination of thermal mass and hempcrete walls also help to moderate the internal environment.

The houses achieve Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 with the potential to retrofit PV's or solar thermal panels to reach level 5.

Architect

Glenn Howells Architects

Value

£4.5M

Completion

2011

Client

Hab Oakus

Luke Engleback Info
View across the central garden. There is a hierarchy of outdoor space: public, semi-public (kitchen gardens) and private gardens. The ‘chimneys’ are in fact natural ventilation cowls to keep the homes cool in summer.
Max Fordham LLP Info
Our initial presentation of various sustainable energy options to the client.
Glen Howells Architects Info
View as you enter the site from Northern Road. The key reference for the architecture is workers’ cottages built by Brunel in this railway town.
Max Fordham LLP Info
Our breakdown of the Code for Sustainable Homes environmental assessment into one image.

Cross section showing low-energy features: excellent building fabric including natural ‘hemcrete’ walls; high efficiency mechanical ventilation with heat recovery; natural ventilation and heavy ceilings to cope with summer heat; potential to fit solar thermal at a later date. Heat is supplied by an external air source heat pump. Rainwater is collected for WC flushing.

Image: Glenn Howells Architects

Architect

Glenn Howells Architects

Value

£4.5M

Completion

2011

Client

Hab Oakus

2012 Housing Innovation Awards - Most Innovative Affordable Housing Scheme

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