Virido consists of 104 affordable homes for Cambridge City Council, 89 homes for the private rental sector through L&Q and 15 private sale homes by Hill. All homes met the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5.
To ensure the new homes were sustainable and comfortable for residents, a concept house was created – it saw a young family win a competition to live rent and bill free in the house for a year so they could trial and provide regular feedback on the sustainable aspects of the new homes which we were then able to implement into the larger Virido development. The Concept House itself won a number of awards including the Eco-Living Award at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2015, while the wider Virido development won the very same award in 2017.
Designing a sustainable community
Today, energy efficient homes aren’t just for the ultra eco savvy, they’re for everyone. Virido embraces the best in energy saving technology to create a model of sustainability within a vibrant, social community where residents feel connected and inspired.
Do more for the environment
To meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5, the homes at Virido have been designed and developed to be highly energy efficient and to reduce the carbon emissions by 100%.
Using energy-efficient materials lessens a person’s environmental footprint or impact on resource use. An ecofriendly home produces fewer carbon emissions through efficient energy use and can help you save time, protect your health and reduce your impact on the environment, all whilst encouraging a ‘greener’ lifestyle.
Virido is expertly designed to use as little energy and water as possible, to enable the homes to achieve this, we have packed them full of sustainable features-
Many of the windows used at Virido are triple-glazed and incorporate special coatings that reflect heat back into the building. It means you lose about 80% less heat than single glazing and 50% less than typical double glazing. As a result you can sit or sleep very close to the window without feeling cold as well as it offering excellent sound proofing.
Extra large windows
The large windows used throughout Virido let in plenty of natural light, reducing the need of switching the lights on. Aluminium composite windows are also highly durable and low maintenance.
Low solar gain glazing
Whilst lovely to have, large windows can make rooms hot. The glazing used in many of the east and west facing windows to the top floor elevations at Virido, helps to eradicate solar gain therefore the rooms don’t get too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.
Skylights installed in the roof at Virido, provide an extra source of daylight all year round, these also provide a simple way of letting warm air escape during the height of summer. *Only on selected properties
Solar PV panels
Virido will generate energy from solar panels on the roofs to reduce the overall carbon emissions from communal and street lighting.
Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR)
The MVHR ensures a constant flow of clean, fresh filtered air. It removes stale air from kitchens and bathrooms and uses the warmth from this to heat the fresh air supplied to bedrooms and living spaces.
Smart meters will be provided for you to keep a watchful eye on your electricity and gas consumption
Heating your home
Due to the progressive design and construction of the Virido apartments and houses, there is actually no need for radiators as the homes should stay at a comfortable temperature all year around, but for reassurance we have added radiators for your personal comfort
All homes incorporate a drying space with a dehumidifier. This efficient and convenient system makes the drying of clothes and linen easier, cheaper and more energy efficient than using a tumble dryer.
Our objective is simple – at Virido we aim to provide homes that effortlessly facilitate a lifestyle which is both environmentally responsible and sustainable without compromising on comfort.