New residential development
Introduction / Brief
The client wanted to build a new highly efficient home for herself and her family on land that she already owned.
Site / Context
The site was an unused field at the end of Clifton village. The initial brief was for a single dwelling for the client. As the designs developed the client became aware of an acute need for affordable homes in the village for the children of existing villagers. So the client expanded her brief to include 4 additional houses 2 of which would be for private sale to fund the development of 2 starter homes which would be gifted to the village.
A very simple palette of materials were chosen for all of the house types consisting predominantly of brick and a clay plain tile roof covering. The proposals included the use of a self coloured render to added contrast and detailing to the individual buildings.
Sustainability and Construction
The site and building design was laid out based on low energy design principles and in particular the Passivhaus design. The intention to be to build a highly efficient highly insulated built form. While also drawing on passive energy gains from the buildings orientation, layout, window placements even the heat gains from the buildings occupants are factored in. All of which is achieved without the use of expensive or complicated technology. All the houses included solar pv.