CSA Ref:- 2204
When we first visited this delightful site, it consisted of a small, damp 1920’s bungalow, set in about 1.5 acres of grounds, enclosed by a derelict cattery. The site itself lies within the designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and we were tasked to obtain planning for a good-sized replacement dwelling.
Our client set out a very clear brief;
“We want to live in a carbon neutral eco-home and be as off-grid as possible. We want our house to be thermally efficient and visually to fit within this agricultural landscape.”
The proposed dwelling was conceived around the main principles of a true passive house, within minimal electrical gadgets and controls; to be naturally, passively ventilated. The thermal performance ranks it amongst the best performing houses in the country, with significant thermal mass achieved from the highly insulated roofs and meadow grass roof. The use of locally sourced natural stone, and the soil on the roof being form the site itself, helps to bed this building into the landscape. The energy consumption of this 5,000sqft six bedroom home, is less than the 800sqft bungalow that it replaced. In addition, the new home includes 9.5kw of photovoltaics and actually produces more energy than it consumes.
This highly energy efficient house was completed in December 2013 and demonstrates that environmental living can be equally as light, airy and contemporary as any traditional form of construction.
CSA Architects provided full architectural services from concept to completion.