We have just completed a new build Passivhaus, a challenging but extremely rewarding build.
The definition of a Passivhaus is- a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.
In order for this to be achieved the building has to be extremely airtight and well insulated, and a mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR) system has to be installed.
Attention to detail is essential in achieving Passive standards and I am very pleased that we were able to achieve this, exceeding the airtightness requirements without any remedial works, which is an excellent result especially as this building was a traditional brick and block construction, whereas Passivhaus construction is typically timber farmed construction as the result is easier to achieve.
We see this as the future of new houses and look forward to carrying more Passivhaus builds.
The house was designed by award winning architects Parsons+Whittley Ltd Architects www.parsonswhittley.co.uk
The interior design by Gabrielle Blackman