Vega Building, Hove, UK

Southern Housing Group is one of England’s largest housing associations, owning and managing more than 26,000 homes for 66,000 residents across London and the south east. Its 2012/13 development programme delivered 828 new homes for a variety of tenures.

The objectives of the Group’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy include, “Delivering affordable warmth and reducing fuel poverty”. Central to this is constructing new homes to CSH level three and above, employing a fabric-first approach to ensure that the homes are well insulated and airtight.

EXAMPLE CSH PROJECT – VEGA IN HOVE

Southern Housing Group has completed the construction of 40 apartments for rent in Hove, East Sussex. The striking new ‘Vega’ building on Kingsway, echoes thirties architecture and includes a light feature linked to the changing tide.

The development achieved CSH Level 4, with high levels of natural light and a highly efficient centralised heating system that includes two micro CHP units. Photovoltaic panels provide power to communal areas, including lighting for the columns at the front of the building.

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The flats are a mix of affordable rent, intermediate market rent and open market rent. One-to-one car parking is provided in a secure basement. Four of the apartments are designed as wheelchair accessible.

DALE MEREDITH, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR AT SOUTHERN HOUSING GROUP, SAYS:

“The Code for Sustainable Homes has really driven the development of environmentally sustainable housing over the last six years. It has helped us to focus on the fabric of the building as well as trying out new technologies. By using CSH, the Group is reducing carbon emissions while providing warm homes that are affordable to live in.”

Southern Housing Group won the 2013 BRE Global Award for the housing association that has developed and constructed the highest number of social homes to the CSH standard through BRE, from 2007-13.