photo: Alex Sarginson

APPROACH

Sustainability is key in the design of all our projects: good use of natural light, ventilation and solar gain, low energy consumption and considered sourcing of good quality materials.

We have recently completed a Passive House (Passivhaus) in East London. Passive House is a very low energy and comfort standard for construction developed in Germany by the Passivhaus Institute, using high insulation, low air leakage and ventilation control. This results in the house not requiring central heating. Photovoltaic panels will be installed on the roof to reduce the cost of electricity consumption.

The infill urban site does not benefit from direct sun from the South as it is adjacent to a 4-storey Victorian terrace, but the design uses additional insulation and the good exposure to the West to meet the certified Passivhaus energy and comfort standards.