Actis Hybrid achieves band B EPC rating in Ashford flats

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band B EPC rating, Actis Hybrid,

Actis Hybrid has enabled the Victorian vicarage which has been converted into flats for homeless people in Kent to achieve band B EPC rating

The property, Christchurch Lodge, bought and refurbished by Ashford Borough Council as a more stable and cost-effective alternative to B&B accommodation for those without a roof over the heads, opens to its first residents this mon.

Liane and Darren

Development surveyor, Darren Parrett, said: “This is a significant achievement in building energy performance, made all the more remarkable given the physical limitations of an existing 19th-century building compared to a blank canvas design of a new-build scheme.”

Actis South East and London area sales manager, Liane Bayliss, said: “Darren was absolutely delighted to have achieved such an impressive EPC.

“It confirmed in real life what he’d learnt on our CPD training course a few years ago. It was also good to hear that Jenner, the contractors, found it so easy to use. So many builders tell us this. It’s pretty much the number one comment we receive again and again.”

Materials to ensure environmental sustainability and energy efficiency

Jenner created an internal stud wall inside the original brick, filling it with 125mm honeycomb insulation Actis Hybris and then adding insulating vapour control layer H Control Hybrid to eliminate thermal bridging.

The former vicarage, which costs just shy of a million pounds to buy and refurbish, will be home to 25 people in eight flats as they await more permanent accommodation.

It is the second such property the council has purchased, with its sister home has provided a place of safety for 180 households over the past five years.

The money saved by accommodating homeless people there rather than in B&Bs – which cost around £268 a week for a small family – means the first project paid for itself in less than four years.

The council expects the new home to deliver similar savings for local council taxpayers.

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