New eco-home development use Sussex building control company

Sussex Building Control
Sussex Building Control

SUSSEX Building Control was appointed by local housing association Saxon Weald to provide building control services for its innovative development of 38 new affordable homes at Standings Court, Horsham.

Throughout the build programme, Sussex Building Control provided building control expertise as part of the project team, consulting with the contractors, architects and others to deliver a scheme that meets Passivhaus Standards, Code 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and Building Regulations.

The unique development, which focused on creating safe, comfortable and energy efficient accommodation for local residents was officially opened on September 7 2012.

Standings Court, which has a mix of homes that are all highly sustainable and energy efficient, challenged the project team because of the need to meet three sets of building standards.

During the build, Sarah Radley, senior building control surveyor at Sussex Building Control, said: “Passivhaus standards require buildings to be very air tight and this often conflicts with requirements in Building Regulations that address fire safety of residents.

“During construction we worked hard to marry three sets of regulations to achieve a successful outcome and we have now produced a case study about the lessons learned so we can help others understand the challenges associated with sustainable, innovative schemes.”

Sussex Building Control has been partnered with Saxon Weald through the Local Authority Partnership Authority Scheme for more than three years and has jointly completed more than 270 new homes across Sussex.

Phil Tunnicliffe, Saxon Weald’s head of programme and procurement said: “Partnering is one of Saxon Weald’s preferred ways of working.

“Having the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) knowledge and professionalism so close to hand ensures early dialogue between us and provides Saxon Weald with a value for money product that delivers great homes for the communities in which we work.”

For more information contact Vanessa.good@horsham.gov.uk

More information about Sussex Building Control can be found here {|http://www.sussexbuildingcontrol.org/|http://www.sussexbuildingcontrol.org/} or by calling 01403 215100.