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One year on….

We have just passed the first anniversary from when residents first moved into their new homes at Prince Charles House.  Resident feedback regarding their properties has been positive with 92% of those who completed the homes satisfaction survey being very or fairly satisfied with their new homes.

Not only that, but the research project that is being carrying out with a number of the residents has shown that after the first year, there has been significant improvements in their  health and well-being and they are less concerned about their utility bills in comparison to when they were living in their previous homes.  This research is being carried out by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, part of the University of Exeter Medical School and are wholly independent from Ocean Housing. This is a three year research project that will conclude with a final report in June 2015.

The building performance is also being monitored to see the effect that the design and technologies has had on the water and energy consumption. Over a 12 month period, the development has used almost 40% less electricity and 30% less gas than the Cornwall average (DECC, Sub-National Electricity Consumption 2011). This has meant that the scheme has emitted 44% less carbon emissions than a comparable building constructed to current Building Regulations.

Through carrying out the resident research and monitoring the building performance, we are able to gain a stronger understanding of the true impacts and benefits the Prince Charles House has on the residents. This knowledge, including where improvements can be made will be publicized and used on future Ocean and Eco-community developments.

 

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