Green technologies to the fore at new Torryburn development

KINGDOM Housing Association has revealed the second phase of its Torryburn affordable housing development is nearing completion – with all homes designed to net zero carbon emission standards.

Four new homes make up the second phase of the development in the Fife village, bringing the total number of new properties for social rent to 12.

Offsite panelised timber construction has been used during the build, which delivers pre-installed doors, windows, internal plasterboard and external render to the site.

During a recent visit, Kingdom group chief executive Bill Banks was shown the progress of the build and the range of green technologies used including solar panels, wastewater heat recovery systems, and air source heat pumps.

He said, “Kingdom’s commitment to sustainability and the environment is long-standing. In 2010 we were the first housing association in the UK to achieve Passivhaus accreditation with a home for social rent and our latest net zero corporate strategy recognises the importance of reducing carbon emissions across everything we do.

“Campion Homes are building these homes for us all of which meet Housing for Varying Needs, Secured by Design, and our own design standards, as well as Building Regulations Enhanced Sustainability Standards. All of that means Kingdom can provide stylish, safe and highly energy-efficient homes for our tenants.

“The homes will use less energy to heat, which helps with cost of living increases. It’s good for our tenants and it’s good for the environment too.”

Julie Watson, Kingdom’s head of capital investment, added, “The development at Main Street, Torryburn, features both general needs and amenity standard homes, all of which benefit from private gardens and superfast broadband. A range of community benefits including training opportunities and job creation have also been delivered during the construction phase.”

The total project cost is £1.14 million with £402,498 funded by the Scottish Government and the remaining balance financed by Kingdom Housing Association and a variety of other contributors.

Completion is scheduled for August this year, with homes being allocated from the Fife Housing Register.