Project Overview

The house took eight months to construct and included several key sustainability innovations, including the use of circular economy design principles, low carbon heat, high insulation and solar PV.


  • Building Futures Award 2016 Winner for the Most Sustainable Construction Project
  • 25 tonnes CO2 emission saved from solar PV (June 2015 to August 2018)

Approaches Used

  • 35 x 9.45 kWp PV panels producing 36.35 MWh from 2015 to 2018.
  • Ground source heat pump (5kw) with collector pipework installed in standard concrete piles
  • Cement only used in foundations and brickwork below damp-proof course
  • Structurally insulated panels (SIPS) used for timber frame
  • Materials reused or with recycled content – glass fibre insulation, plasterboard, roof slates
  • Timber salvaged from demolition for garage timber frame, granite setts, recycled glass kitchen worktops
  • Pre-finished double-glazed timber windows
  • Triple glazed bi-fold doors and rooflights
  • No gas use on-site
  • Mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system
  • Timber finishes to cladding, staircase, flooring and doors
  • Green roof and sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) used, including permeable paving

For Further Information:

Please contact: Colin Heal 

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