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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.

We were awarded Runner-up in the Archicad BIM New Practice, Project of the Year category at the ARCHICAD conference in London on Tuesday for our Passivhaus Development on the Isle of Bute.

Having recently implemented Building Information Modelling (BIM) into our practice, we are really pleased to have received this.Bute Passivhaus Development

Architeco have joined the Passivhaus Trust.

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The Trust aims to promote the principles of Passivhaus as a highly effective way of reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK, as well as providing high standards of comfort and building health.

When combined with renewables, our standard house designs can achieve a SAP rating of 100+, making the houses carbon neutral.SAP Rating 100plus

This makes them suitable for self-build mortgages from the ecology building society.

Now the most Northerly Passive House in the UK, our Orkney Passivhaus Project has recently been Certified to the Passivhaus Standard, making it the world’s smallest retrofit to obtain Passivhaus Certification

The project has been added to the Passivhaus Database, ID Ref: 4466

Our very cost-effective and energy efficient SIP standard house types are now available!
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The 2, 3 & 4 bed standard house types have been developed for the SIP system, which is inherently airtight and has negligible thermal bridging. By using the optimum SIP dimensions and designing for Passive House suitability, the resulting house designs are extremely cost effective, super energy-efficient, and can achieve Passive House standard.

Please contact us for further information.

ARCHITECO have been trained to carry out the thermal bridge modelling of building components using THERM. This allows us to carry out appraisals of our details in relation to potential thermal bridges and evaluate their energy and condensation implications. We can then ensure that the effects of cold bridging are minimised and that the potential for condensation is eliminated.

Thermal bridge modelling also increases the accuracy of our building energy models.

Architeco have completed the design and PHPP calculations for the fit out of a disused boiler house to provide a one bedroom Passive House.
The design is predicted to have a heating load of just 10W/m2 annually – the equivalent of burning 16 candles to heat the whole house. This was tricky to achieve as the existing building is single storey and L-shaped, increasing the surface area available for heat loss, and located in Orkney, with negligible levels of solar gain in winter.