The value of affordable housing – Mr and Mrs Harvey, St. Boswells

The value of affordable housing – Mr and Mrs Harvey, St. Boswells

This year we’re talking about the value of social housing. We all know a safe, secure, warm, good quality, affordable home is vital to wellbeing. The current COVID pandemic has more than ever made it clear how important social housing is.

Gemma & Steven Harvey and their family are one of the first families to move into Eildon’s ground-breaking new Passivhaus homes in St Boswells.

Harvey Family
Harvey Family

Gemma said, “Moving to St Boswells from Gorebridge has been a great move for me and my family.  We moved in on 18th  March and literally returned the removal van on 22nd  March, so were very lucky to move in right before the lockdown started.”

“Since moving I have now managed to get a new job locally and my children are settling well into their new school and nursery. The house is great – really economical and very easy to heat, as it is so well insulated. Our electricity bill is about £45 a month.”

“Moving in at lockdown has had its advantages in that it has let us get to know our new neighbours well by talking over the fence.  We are really happy in our Passivhaus home in the Scottish Borders.”

Eildon is delivering even more green homes in the Scottish Borders. The first three Passivhaus homes at Springfield Terrace are complete and a further ten-home development at Westruther has secured planning. This will provide another six 3-bedroom houses and four 2-bedroom. Built to Passivhaus standard, the homes generally need 90% less energy for heating )and hot water than standard buildings with very low running costs. Another stride towards the fight against fuel poverty.

To see a video on more information on the St Boswells Passivhoos design from John Gilbert Architect please follow the link.

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