Situated on a brownfield site in north Derbyshire, the new home has two specific points of focus. The first to create a highly sustainable home. The second to create an accessible home for the family.
The design uses 2 staggered forms. Internally this creates a separation between living and bedroom spaces, whilst they remain on a single level. Externally this staggered form creates courtyard spaces and reduces the visual scale of the development.
Materials are important in creating this home's unique character. The lower part of the house is clad in a charred larch cladding, the charring creates a beautiful natural character and protection. Elsewhere black corrugated cladding is used in a contemporary manner to create a modern agricultural aesthetic.
Using the Passivhaus Planning Package we have adjusted the design to ensure a comfortable living environment that has extremely low running costs and a well-balanced use of daylight.
Embodied energy is an important consideration in this build. The external walls are bing constructed from a pre-fabricated straw and timber panels. This system encapsulates over 30 tonnes of CO2 in the wall structure alone.
The project will be self-built, we are working together with the clients to manage the works and we are excited to see this project progress to site over the coming months.
Project Stage: Pre-Construction
Architecture: Croft Design Collective LLP
Structural Engineer: JAM Structural Engineers
MVHR: Green Building Store
Annual Heat Demand: 30 kWh/m2a (Design Stage)
Construction Type: Pre-Fabricated Straw Panels (Modcell)