Due to the level of airtightness, it was also necessary to install a Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery (MVHR) system. The ductwork could not be installed inside the properties themselves, so Beattie Passive utilised their patented void around the outside of the building to incorporate the services.
Tenants remained in their homes for the duration of the project and have already been enjoying the benefits of living in a healthier, more comfortable environment. It is anticipated that their energy bills will be reduced by 85%, from £1,064 per flat to just £166 per year. Mark Pinnell, Head of Asset Management at Solihull Community Housing commented: “We have a strong commitment to improving the energy efficiency of our homes and this project makes a real contribution.”
Coventry University, in collaboration with the contractors, building owners and tenants, will be carrying out ongoing monitoring of energy usage, temperature and indoor air quality in the flats to ascertain the impact of the project.