The brief for this exciting residential project was to develop an open-plan family home with the highest levels of sustainable design and ecological construction.
The finished eco house shows how contemporary architecture can combine local materials with new green technologies to achieve excellent environmental credentials, making it the first BREEAM Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 building in Devon.
The new house sits comfortably within its landscape setting both visually and physically with great attention also given to external spaces such as a new Devon bank and wild meadow planting to help enhance biodiversity within the site.
Accommodation comprises a large open-plan living area with sun room, kitchen / dining area, utility room, study and four bedrooms.
Key environmental benefits include:
- Super-insulated timber frame construction incorporating newspaper insulation within a breathable composite envelope ensures energy consumption is reduced whilst air quality is high
- High levels of controlled natural light to all key habitable spaces
- Passive solar heat gain using the ‘solar’ room which has a passive ventilation system to help control and match heat gains with heating requirements
- Rammed earth wall located between the ‘solar’ room & living area to act as a thermal store
- The use of green technologies: wood-chip boiler, pv array, solar thermal panels for hot water, rainwater harvesting, mechanical heat recovery
- The use of recycled and/or recyclable materials wherever possible