February 6th, 2009 by Steve
Construction work has started on building 58 new energy efficient homes by Guernsey Housing Association off Victoria Avenue in St. Sampson.
The new homes are being built to very high insulation levels with heating and hot water costs reduced using solar panels and a heat recovery ventilation system. It is calculated that resident’s fuel bills should be half of what they would normally be.
Steve Williams, Guernsey Housing Association’s Chief Executive said ‘ We are using a combination of highly insulated Structurally Insulated Panels, triple glazed windows, solar panels, and keeping the warmth in the homes by sealing the gaps that heat normally escapes through. We have worked closely with the States Housing Department to try to reduce resident’s future fuel costs and benefit the environment.’
Construction has just started with JW Rihoy, who are aiming to finish the first 17 homes by September this year, and complete all 58 homes by September 2010. This is faster than normal mainly due to the use of the Structurally Insulated Panels.
The Housing Minister, Deputy Dave Jones said ‘ I am delighted to see the new homes under construction replacing the 3 storey flats demolished last year and as well as the energy efficiency the new homes have been designed specifically for people as they get older and their mobility reduces’.
There is a mix of 49 rented and 9 partial ownership first time buyer homes, with the rented homes being bungalows which include features allowing people with reducing mobility to remain living in them longer. These features follow the advice produced by Joseph Rowntree called Lifetime Homes principles, removing barriers to people with less mobility, hence no steps, wider doors, lower window cills and handles, rooms with space to turn a wheelchair if necessary, and a bedroom on the ground floor.
GHA is an independent not-for-profit company, but works in close partnership with the States Housing Department to help deliver the Corporate Housing Programme for the islands people. GHA’s Directors are unpaid volunteers.