Trivselhus by Esh Take Top Honours at Oscars of the Homebuilding Industry

Posted 21 November 2016

Trivselhus by Esh has been recognised as Sustainable Developer of the Year at the WhatHouse? Awards 2016, in recognition of the landmark low-energy housing schemes constructed by the firm across the North of England. 

Now in its 35th year, the WhatHouse? awards is year-on-year the biggest event in the housebuilding industry with 1,700 senior figures from the new homes industry attending the Gala Luncheon in London to reward the best and the brightest in the homebuilding industry. 

Trivselhus by Esh was rewarded by the WhatHouse? judges in recognition of its key sustainable developments throughout the North of England, including Hexham Gate in the market town of Hexham, Eden Vale in Wetheral and Garth House Gardens in Brampton.    

Colin Willetts, sales and marketing director at Trivselhus by Esh comments: “We are thrilled to have received the WhatHouse? Award for Sustainable Developer of the Year 2016. 

“Trivselhus by Esh properties are some of the most advanced examples of sustainable residential design and construction in the new homes market and we are delighted that the North of England is proving to be a leader in the development of unique, low-energy housing. 

“Up until recently, creating a spacious new home with a strong focus on sustainable design was limited to self-builders in pursuit of Grand Designs-style properties but we are overjoyed that the hard work of the Trivselhus by Esh team in creating high quality sustainable housing developments has been recognised at a national level.”

Trivselhus by Esh was formed in 2015 through a joint venture partnership between Sweden’s largest homebuilder and manufacturer, Trivselhus, and one of the North’s biggest construction firms, Esh Group. 

Together, Trivselhus and Esh Group have a shared vision for bringing contemporary and sustainable homes to the UK to dramatically cut energy bills for the homeowner. 

Eight properties have been constructed at two North West developments in Wetheral and Brampton in Cumbria.  A further 16 are currently under construction in the market town of Hexham in the North East. 

Each home features a unique fabric-first manufacturing approach to design to ensure energy saving potential is built into the walls of every property with high levels of insulation, an air tight membrane and triple-glazed windows throughout.  This fabric-first approach ensures each Trivselhus by Esh home is twice as airtight as the average UK home with recent independent testing indicating that the airtightness achieved by each property is the equivalent to that of an industrial freezer. 

The homes are heated via an air source heat pump system which transfers heat from the outside air into the building in the form of hot water in under-floor heading on the ground level and modern radiators on the upper floor.

The Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery System (MVHR) ensures warm, moist air is continuously extracted from rooms such as the kitchen and bathrooms through a concealed duct system.  This is then passed through a heat exchanger and ducted outside, with fresh air then drawn in and warmed before being circulated to the living room and bedrooms to keep a consistent temperature throughout. 

Solar roof panels are also used to capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells which are not reliant on direct sunlight, enabling them to generate electricity on cloudy days to run household appliances and lighting.

Colin Willetts added:  “The lights – which use either a type of compact fluorescent light or light emitting diode – require one fifth of the electric power of a standard incandescent light.  Even the letterbox was redesigned to attach to the property exterior to ensure no unnecessary gaps or draughts could puncture the airtight design of the property.  It might be a small detail but it can have a big impact on energy consumption, a fact I’m sure did not go unnoticed by the WhatHouse? judges.”

Trivselhus by Esh homes are ‘A” rated in terms of energy performance which mean homeowners not only face a dramatic cut in their energy bills but also a more stable future when it comes to managing future price rises in the energy sector. 

“It’s the day the new homes flag flies highest,” said Rupert Bates, host of the WhatHouse?Awards.  “The standards achieved by the winners get more impressive every year, and our panel of independent judges had to work hard to pick the very best from hundreds of entries.”

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