30 Sep - 6 Oct 2018
September 30th - book from mid-August via www.openecohomes.org
Book ahead Book via www.openecohomes.org
Completed in August 2018 this is the first chance visitors will have to see inside the new build homes built as part of the K1 Cambridge cohousing project at Marmalade Lane (Orchard Park). The visit will include an introductory talk about the project followed by a choice of tours of the homes. There are a variety of house sizes and flats to see, each one built to very high environmental standards.
Although developers have constructed the project, co-housing is different because residents have more say over the development, and in the running of it now it is completed. As well as having their own home, members will have access to a large shared garden, house, office, workshop and gym.
The homes will be highly insulated, the walls being constructed as timber panels in a factory in Sweden. Wall, floor and roof U-values will be around 0.18. Factory manufacture enables high standards of air tightness to be achieved. Triple-glazed windows and doors will be built into the panels in the factory. The homes will have a low requirement for heating which will be provided by air source heat pumps and ventilated by mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR). No gas will be used on site; this is the choice of residents, who will be able to buy their energy from 100% renewable suppliers.