On Saturday 17th September 2016, as part of the Open House London weekend, Paxfold sheltered scheme in Stanmore opened its doors to the public to show architectural design at its best in sheltered housing. There were architect and staff led guided tours in small groups between 9.30am and 4pm.
The low energy sheltered and affordable housing scheme for people over 55 years of age is owned and managed by Harrow Churches Housing Association (HCHA). It includes photovoltaic (PV) panels and water saving measures.The new accommodation and communal areas have been constructed to be a sustainable development and Code for sustainable Homes Level 4. The key points in achieving this sustainability are:
- High levels of insulation to walls, floors and roofs together with a low air leakage from the apartments and double glazed windows – this means that the energy bills can be kept to a minimum by minimising draughts and good insulation.
- Reduction in carbon emissions from the building this is done by the high levels of insulation and air tightness by reducing the amount of fossil fuels used to heat the building and hot water and renewable energy provision.
- Electricity the electric supply to the building is supplemented by our own generation of electricity via Photo Voltaic panels installed on the roof. The electricity generated by these panels is shared across the scheme and used to supplement the power to the lighting to the communal areas helping to keep service charges affordable.
Paxfold Open House 2016 made available the following:
Guided tours by an architect (TM Architects) with HCHA staff and residents on hand to answer questions
Free parking & Free entry
Access for wheelchair users