In 2016 we raised funds for, and in 2017 built a cluster of 6 small flats on the West Whins (WW) site.
Complementing the relatively big East Whins (EW) homes (see map) to have a wider range of properties in our portfolio, small one bed-room flats were chosen for the West Whins cluster. And residents have communal access to a 36m2 multifunctional room, and a 11m2 utility room with washing machine and toilet/shower.
Designed to a high eco-specification, flats should have low running costs. The Energy Performance Certificate – EPC, available only at construction end – is expected* to achieve Efficiency Rating B.
*with a current SAP rating of 81b, Environmental of 83B and previous experience of a similar building; (the similar building, when finished).
To make “affordable” sustainable, we chose a funding strategy that prioritised borrowing within the Community (through Ekopia and private loans) and an application to the Scottish Rural Housing Fund (RHF).
Two Community members offered PET their pension funds as a loan, for a total of £140,000; and another person came to Ekopia offering a £100,000 loan. The Scottish Ministers decided to grant our project £130,000. The Land was bought from the Community for a nominal (small) fee.
The allocation process for these flats went very smoothly. read more ….
Construction is underway. See our blog updates