Friday, 24 July 2009

Channel 4's Kevin McCloud Goes Green

The Triangle’s 42 properties — which will meet the testing Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes — will be built around a traditional village green, with a contemporary eco-touch. There is, for instance, a wet meadow, part of the development’s drainage strategy.

The model for the two and two-and-a-half storey terraced homes will be Swindon’s Victorian railwaymen’s cottages, but the properties will be updated with 21st-century green extras, such as triple-glazing, eco-roofing and rainwater harvesting systems.

The 19th-century layout will also be modified to fit in with today’s thinking on energy efficiency, as McCloud explains: “We have decided to raise the ceiling on the downstairs living space to give more light; this makes the first-floor bedrooms more womblike.”

McCloud, who studied scores of examples of domestic architecture when formulating his plans, considers the railwaymen’s cottages quite beautiful. This is appropriate as his development company is called Hab — Happiness Architecture Beauty.

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