Rivendale slates used on pioneering sustainable homes development

Marley Eternit’s Rivendale fibre cement slates have been specified on an innovative sustainable homes development in Preston.  All of the homes at Ashton Bank have been built to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which was a key factor in the roof specification as the strong environmental credentials of the Rivendale slates helped to achieve maximum materials credits.

Built by Hollinwood Homes, Ashton Bank is a striking new development of 138 contemporary styled apartments and two, three and four bedroomed houses set in tree lined avenues, adjacent to a new 10 acre park.  Designed to offer value for money, yet with the highest environmental credentials, the house builders needed a sleek and contemporary, yet sustainable, roof finish.

Architects Heyes and Company chose the Marley Eternit Rivendale fibre cement slates to give a premium striking finish with low environmental impact.  Architect Mark Heyes explains: “It was important that Ashton Bank had a unique design with features not normally associated with homes of this value.  With all homes built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, it is the first development of its kind in Preston to be built to such high environmental standards. 

“We chose the Marley Eternit Rivendales because they give a contemporary slate aesthetic within our budget, but critically their high environmental credentials helped us to achieve maximum materials credits for the roof, that contributed to the Code Level 4 rating.  The eco friendly and energy saving technology means the properties are as much as 44% more efficient than a standard new home and demand was so high, that all of the plots were sold very quickly.”

Charlotte Hughes, product manager at Marley Eternit, adds: “The natural look of Rivendale lends itself to projects where sustainability is a high priority and on this development, it complements both the innovative design of the properties, as well as the natural wildlife habitats of the adjacent parkland.  As with all of our fibre cement range, Rivendale has strong environmental credentials with the ability to achieve an A+ rating in the BRE’s Green Guide to Specification, certification to the BES 6001 standard for Responsible Sourcing and a low carbon footprint of just 13 CO2e/m2.  Fibre cement also offers sustainability benefits throughout its whole life cycle, as it can be fully recycled at the end of its use.  Waste fibre cement can be ground down and used to replace limestone and shale in clinker production, the essential ingredients for Portland cement.” 

Rivendale fibre cement roof slates feature a riven surface and dressed edge, combining the benefit of modern slate technology with the look of natural slate.  They provide an engineered, consistently-sized product which reduces installation time as no sorting or grading is required on-site. These lightweight, yet incredibly strong, slates can also be installed at pitches as low as 20 degrees, providing contractors and specifiers with additional flexibility in terms of design and installation.

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