Clonakilty Passive House for 2020!

We are really looking forward to some amazing projects this year. Currently we have 3 new passive houses in design development on the books. This is the first, and one which we are really proud to present, our Clonakilty Passive House. This house features some really exciting architectural features, and the highest standard in environmental credentials.

 

Architectural features

The form of the house is dramatic, with skewed geometries, stepped section to fall with the site contours, amazing views over the valley through 8 metre wide glazing, indented covered seating area to the master bedroom, double height atrium hall way.

Environmental Features

If you know our work, it will not surprise you to hear that this will be a certified passive house, however this is our first project that is going well beyond that high standard.

Form Factor

Here’s one for the energy-goons out there! We were shocked when we ran the design through the energy modelling software (PHPP) to find we had accidentally designed our most-efficient building ever! (Heating load  7 Watts per square metre, and Heating Demand of 7 kWh/m2a) about half the passivhaus standard. This has to be due to the super efficient surface area of the shape designed, and storey and a half of accommodation within the elegant roof form and tight plan-shape. 

Passive House Plus

We are installing a significant solar photovoltaic array, around 9 square metres, that means this house will generate enough renewable energy to qualify for the ‘Passive House Plus’ performance standard.

Embodied energy

We are constructing the building in timber frame, and cladding it in charred larch. This and other low-carbon materials will mean that the ‘Up-Front’ Carbon for the house will be as low as possible.

Replacement structure

The house is to replace the client’s previous house which was destroyed by fire. We are able to reuse all the original site infrastructure, boundaries, planting etc.

Stay in touch to hear about the next two new passive house projects in the pipeline for later this year!

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