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This week’s Grand Designs features a 2 bed townhouse in East London where Architeco provided Passivhaus Consultancy services. At just 80sqm, a basement and some tricky detailing, it was a real challenge but we made it Passiv!

Architeco Grand Designs

We visit a home that is easily one of the best utilisations of space we have ever seen on Grand Designs

For more information and to see the episode see the Grand Designs website: https://www.granddesigns.tv/east-london/

We are delighted to have received Planning Permission for our Passivhaus development on the Isle of Bute.Bute Passivhaus Development
The dwellings are to be starter homes and will be available for private rent, set at an affordable level with the integral low energy design strategy keeping utilities bills to a minimum. To achieve this, the dwellings are to be designed and constructed to the Passivhaus Low Energy Standard, using SIP construction.

Private gardens are provided, along with communal spaces and play areas to allow the residents to share space. As part of the Sustainable Living approach, an area of ground is to be set aside for an organic orchard and allotments to allow the development to take a further step towards self-sustaining, sustainable living, and to assist with the development of the community aspect to the proposal.

A renewable energy strategy is being considered and integrated into the design and space standards will meet the requirements of Housing for Varying Needs.

Whilst the number of proposed units is a departure from Planning Policy, any reduction in the number of units may have hindered the ability of the residents to develop a small community at this site.

We hope that this proposal will prove to be an exemplar of good quality, affordable, low energy, sustainable living for the island, and be sought after as a place to live for island inhabitants, as well as providing an attractive proposition for those considering the Isle of Bute as a place to live.

Our Isle of Harris House features in the June edition of BuildIT Magazine. The article looks at 10 Things you Need to Know About Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). With our expertise in designing specifically for SIPs when required, we advise self-builders to choose an architect experienced in designing with SIPs for their project as they will know the optimum dimensions to allow best and most cost effective use of the SIP building system. By designing for SIPs at the outset, kit costs can be reduced by several thousand pounds.Caber Harris House

We have designed numerous houses using SIPs with the architecture reflecting the build system by often including vaulted ceilings, for example. As Low Energy Architects, we find SIPs provide excellent energy efficiency and airtighness, with the outerface of the OSB of the SIP panles being suitable as the airtight layer, avoiding the requirement of taping awkward floor junctions.