Building Control gets technical at Phase 2 of stylish Eco Homes

Date published: 17 December 2018

West Lindsey’s Building Control team were recently invited to deliver a technical talk to over 20 delegates about the second phase of Gusto Homes’ eco development, The Edge.

Award winning developers, Gusto Homes, hosted the talk at phase two of their unique high spec passive solar home development on the edge of the Lincolnshire Showground.

Eleven homes are currently under construction on the site in West Lindsey as part of the original plan to create 29 homes, and over 20 delegates, including West Lindsey Councillors were invited to listen to the technical talk and have a tour of the site.

The talk included information about the structure of the buildings, the high level of insulation in the properties, the use of high efficiency electric heating with heat recovery ventilation, and concluded with a tour around the building site and one of the completed homes.

Phillip Westmorland, Building Control Team Manager led the talk at Woodland’s Edge, he said: “It was a great event, we had previously delivered a technical talk for Phase 1 a number of years ago so it was insightful to be able to talk about how methods have changed with the construction of the Phase 2 properties. We now look forward to seeing the completion of this phase of development, and I have no doubt they will be just as striking as Phase 1.”

The spectacular development, is set in 12 acres of parkland which includes a 2 level-lake and a 5 acre mature wood, is popular with homeowners. All Phase 1 homes are occupied and interest in the second phase is building as the benefits of the inclusion of a host of low energy features, resulting in homes which require minimal heating, is being realised.

Steff Wright, managing director for Gusto Homes was delighted to host the technical talk at The Edge. He said: “The event, which West Lindsey District Council organised, brought together a group of very interested and knowledgeable delegates who not only will have learned from our talk and experience in building high performance homes, but we also learn from conversations with them, which helps us!

“The only way that real step change improvements will be made within housing is for people to share knowledge and then have the confidence to make changes within whatever organisation they are involved in.”

Cllr Jeff Summers, Leader of West Lindsey District Council, enjoyed the technical visit and tour of the Phase 2 site. He said: “I would like to thank Building Control for inviting me to this technical visit. I found the explanations from Steff and Phil extremely beneficial in enabling me to understand how the Eco Home project is still evolving – I’d like to see more of this type of Eco Home developed in the district.”

West Lindsey District Council’s building control team have been working closely with Gusto Homes on the development, and have provided the site inspections on both phases.

Lewis North, a delegate who attended the technical talk on behalf of Architecture North, said: “It was a great experience, the talk was valuable and it was an added bonus to take a tour around the site and into the latest homes at The Edge. Attending West Lindsey’s Technical Site visits showcase their ability to work with local developers, to achieve a high specification of passive homes.

“Visiting these unique properties exemplifies what can be achieved in construction, with a tight-knit team, who all understand the end goal, these homes are truly stunning, unique in form and in lifestyle. The quality of the Gusto Homes can be seen throughout the build process.”

The unique energy saving properties boast additional amenities such as allotments, a tennis court with pavilion and an orchard planted by the residents. The spacious passive solar homes have been built to the highest standards, and have been designed and specified to cost an average of £1 per day (at 2016 energy prices) for space heating, hot water, and lighting.

To view the technical talk, virtual site tour and tour of a completed Phase 2 Eco property, visit the council’s Facebook page at

If you are planning any type of construction project and are interested in getting in touch with the Building Control team at the council, you can call us on 01427 676672.

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