Key features of the project are:
- Beneficial solar heat gain
- Super-insulated – triple glazing and high levels of insulation throughout
- Non-thermal bridging detailing
- Air tight construction
- Thermal mass design
- Natural daylight design
- Natural ventilation
- Minimal space heating requirements – one wood burner can provide all space heating.
- Healthy building design in accordance with Building Biology principles – e.g.: non-VOC and non-chlorine based (non-PVC) materials, organic paints, stains and oils, natural materials
- Low water use design
- Solar photovoltaic panels, which provide an annual feed-in tariff that has recently been in excess of £1,000 per year
- Solar thermal providing hot water
- Low energy lighting and appliances throughout
The house has been designed around a spectacular open plan kitchen / dining / living room that has soaring ceiling heights. Largely double-height, this is a room with rare qualities of light and space and has wonderful views across the valley.
Gale & Snowden Architects provided full and integrated Architectural and Mechanical Engineering design services for this project from concept design to completion.
As building plots for self-build projects are becoming more scarce, a number of Gale & Snowden’s clients are finding properties that are beyond renovation. The practice has successfully achieved planning approvals for several similar projects for new and much improved ecologically aware dwellings.