Gale & Snowden is set to join forces with one of our clients, away from the building site, to present a combined experience of designing and self-building a new family home incorporating some of the most challenging building standards including Passivhaus and Buiding Biology.

Sherwood‘, a four bedroom house, is nearing completion in the Devonshire countryside.  The project includes:

  • Permaculture landscape design with forest garden, reed bed sewage system and aquaculture design
  • Passivhaus design with PV renewable energy generation on site, wood burner with back boiler to generate heating and hot water
  • Healthy design strategies: best practice daylight, high comfort levels throughout, optimum air quality to SBM 2015 (standard for Bau Biology testing), optimum water quality, specification of natural and local materials where practical, focus on suppliers that provide a full content declaration of their products, low VOC materials and paints throughout, no PVC, hygienic easy cleanable finishes, use of hygroscopic materials to regulate internal humidity, radiative wall heating systems for comfort and to minimise spillage of dust, Low EMF wiring, specification of glazing that has minimum impact on the light spectrum, low energy artificial lighting design that supports the natural circadian rhythm etc.
The Green Register is continuing its series of Bite-Size Sessions in Bristol with this presentation on 18th April 2017.  Further information and booking details are available now via The Green Register.
Gale & Snowden Director, Tomas Gärtner, and client, Hugh Saxby, will be sharing their experience of the journey from a designer’s, specifier’s, and end-user’s perspective.