Rivendale slates used on sustainable homes development

rivendaleMarley Eternit’s Rivendale fibre cement slates have been specified on a housing development in Preston built to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Built by Hollinwood Homes, Ashton Bank is a new development of 138 contemporary styled apartments and two, three and four bedroomed houses set in tree-lined avenues, adjacent to a new ten acre park. Designed to offer value for money, strong environmental credentials were also a key factor in roof specification, as well as a sleek and contemporary roof finish.

Architect Heyes and Company chose the Marley Eternit Rivendale fibre cement slates to provide this finish with low environmental impact. Architect Mark Heyes said:

“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, marketing product manager at Marley Eternit, added:

“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 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 but strong slates can also be installed at pitches as low as 20ø, providing contractors and specifiers with additional flexibility in terms of design and installation.


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