New ‘super-efficient’ council homes open in Heckington

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Lincolnshire’s first highly energy-efficient council homes have officially opened in Heckington.

The North Kesteven District Council development is named Welchman Way in honour of one of Heckington’s First World War heroes who died in France in October 1914.

As part of the new development, two super-efficient Passivhauses have been built.

Although around 15% more expensive to build, Passivhauses are significantly cheaper to run – generally requiring about 75% less heating than standard-build and contributing to reduced carbon outputs.

Councillor Stewart Ogden said: “Our council is the first in the area – and one of just a handful nationwide – to build social housing to the rigorous Passivhaus standard and we are very proud to be taking the lead yet again.

“This £2.4m scheme represents a further investment by the council in increasing access to improved housing, and makes a significant contribution to meeting an identified need for affordable housing in Heckington.”

The 22-home development was built by Lindum BMS which has experience of meeting both the council’s exacting standards and building Passivhauses.

Lindum Group chairman David Chambers said: “We are pleased to be part of the team helping to provide such quality affordable housing for individuals and families in our local community and to have used our experience, and skills, to construct these 22 new homes for NKDC.”

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