Students from Ulster University’s Housing Management Course toured OakleeTrinity’s Killynure Green development in Carryduff to learn more about the exciting new energy efficient development coming to the area.
Students were given an extensive tour of the development which will be completed in summer 2015 and will comprise of 43 dwellings with a mixture of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses designed to meet Level 5 of the UK Code for Sustainable Homes. Students were also given the opportunity to meet OakleeTrinity staff who are integral within the project team along with the contractors GEDA Construction.
Whilst touring the site, students learned about the energy efficient building fabric including the ‘Fabric First’ approach and provision of renewable technologies within the homes including PV solar panels and mechanical heat ventilation heat systems which will reduce running costs of the property for tenants and rain water harvesting which will assist in water conservation.
Karen Simpson, OakleeTrinity Development Officer said: “Killynure Green is an exemplar energy efficient social housing scheme as it will be the first in Ireland to achieve level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
“We hope the site visit will allow students to learn more about the role of sustainable technologies and innovation in social housing development. The homes will play a significant role in addressing housing need in the area and provide our prospective tenants with the opportunity to live in houses which have been designed and constructed to the highest standards and quality”.
Peter Shanks, Course Director of Housing Management at Ulster University said: “This is a great opportunity for the students to gain practical experience of how the principles of sustainable living can be successfully embedded within a new and innovative housing development.
“This visit complements a sustainable communities module that students have been studying this semester; they were very impressed when they heard about the social, economic and environmental benefits of this development for tenants, and how it delivers on many aspects of government policy”.