In 2016 we raised funds for, and in 2017 built a cluster of 6 small flats on the West Whins (WW) site of the Findhorn Ecovillage.
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 of Nov 2017 calculated for the construction:
- 2 storey : 42m²; Energy efficiency B81 (Sco D61) and CO2 impact B90 (Sco D59)
- 1 storey : 38m²; Energy efficiency C79 (Sco D61) and CO2 impact B88 (Sco D59)
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 effectively gifted by Duneland for a nominal fee.
The allocation process for these flats went very smoothly. read more ….
Construction went smoothly too. See our blog updates.
From Richard Lochead the local MSP’s Facebook Page for 23rd June 2017, here’s the video that he made with Paddy Atkinson and Kevin Stewart MSP who is the Minister for Housing and Rural Affairs.
SURF (Scotland’s Regeneration Forum) and the Scottish Government have teamed up again to deliver the ‘20th Anniversary’ SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration for 2018. These are presented each year to projects that are judged by a panel of independent regeneration experts to be performing outstanding regeneration work.
West Whins has been nominated for the 2018 Housing Category with two other projects. Results to be announced on 6 December in Glasgow.