Passive House

Passive House

We received planning permission for a new build Passive House which is to be designed and built to the highest standards for energy and sustainability. We worked closely with the client to identify their requirements for energy efficiency, comfort and living standards and came up with a layout that was both simple and rational yet the main living area is a lively and light filled open plan space. The first floor gallery and large windows afford natural light and views in all directions.

Date

August 2014

Contract Value

£250K

 

 

Passive houses are exceptionally energy efficient using about 90% less energy than a typical house and have very low running costs. The standard requires that houses are well insulated and completely air tight with fresh air supplied through a ventilation system. Passive houses have optimum internal environments for living which are warm and draft free with excellent indoor air quality.

The specific criteria for meeting this standard requires that a building have the following;

Passive House is clearly the uppermost standard for energy efficiency. It is achieved through a carefully balanced equation taking into account many factors such as building orientation, size of windows etc which are assessed using PHPP software. Whilst not all of our projects can be designed to be certified we use the Passive House standard as a benchmark for energy efficiency and assess many of our projects using the PHPP software. We strive to improve thermal performance and reduce running costs for all projects and where it is appropriate we incorporate the Passive House principles to help achieve this.

Category

Architecture

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