Salford sees the arrival of more environmentally-friendly and cost-effective housing options

The largest Passivhaus affordable housing scheme in the North West has been completed, bringing 96 highly sustainable, affordable homes to Chapel Street in Salford. The Greenhaus development is expected to have heating and hot water costs that are less than half of a similar sized new-build home with a gas boiler.

Built to the Passivhaus Classic certified standard, the nine-storey building offers high thermal comfort and improved air quality, creating a healthier living environment with lower bills. The project was delivered by a joint venture between Homes England, Legal and General, Muse, Salix Homes, and Salford City Council.

Greenhaus is part of a larger £1bn transformation project in Salford Central, with plans for another Passivhaus development on Peru Street. Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, praised Greenhaus as a benchmark for new-build, affordable, and sustainable homes, highlighting the city’s commitment to innovative and sustainable developments.

Residents of Greenhaus are thrilled with their new homes, with one resident, Harriette, expressing her delight at living in a Passivhaus. The project director at Muse, Simon Hourihan, emphasised the importance of collaboration and innovation in delivering such a pioneering development.

The completion of Greenhaus was hailed as a significant achievement by Homes England, Legal and General Capital, and Salix Homes. The project received funding from NatWest, Homes England, and Greater Manchester Combined Authority to create more affordable, net zero homes.

The new homes feature triple glazing, air source heat pumps, and the latest insulation technology to provide a comfortable and healthy living environment. The development also includes electric vehicle charging points and a public square to foster community spirit.

Designed by Buttress Architects, Greenhaus offers a mix of one- and two-bedroom homes, including accessible apartments. The project was built by lead contractor Eric Wright Construction and includes homes for social rent, affordable rent, and Rent to Buy schemes.

Greenhaus represents a step towards cleaner, greener, and healthier homes that are fit for the future, with a focus on sustainability and innovation. Residents will benefit from reduced energy costs and improved air quality, making their living environment more comfortable and environmentally friendly.

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