Sustainability & Passivhaus

The black timber cladding is drawn from the local agricultural vernacular

 

Sustainable building is fundamental to Gresford Architects’ approach, ensuring our buildings are comfortable, designed to last, and use energy and materials as efficiently as possible. Comfort is key, and thanks to our expertise and technological advances we can design sustainable and even carbon neutral homes that are a million miles from the hairshirted cliché of low-energy living.

A well designed and sustainable building will be cool in summer, warm in winter, well ventilated, produce up to 100% of its energy needs on site, and be cheap to run and maintain. By designing in micro generation wherever possible, even for the most modest new homes, we can help clients provide all of their own electricity, heating and hot water needs. The knowledge and technology to produce such buildings is readily available, and if energy and thermal performance is considered from the start of a project, can be easy and cost effective to implement.

 

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We believe that the Passivhaus standard offers a simple basis to achieve this goal without compromising on comfort, through houses that have excellent thermal performance, and exceptional airtightness with mechanical ventilation. Our team includes a Certified Passivhaus Designer, and we use the Passive House Planning Package to guide clients, and can build successful teams from our wide network of experienced Passivhaus consultants, contractors and subcontractors.

The Old Water Tower has been built as a commercial proposition to show that a Passivhaus can be a crisply designed modern piece of architecture that eschews the clichéd “hair shirt” approach to sustainable living.

With its large windows and generous living spaces, the four bedroom family house is a comfortable, contemporary interpretation of the locally found historic timber framed buildings it draws inspiration from. Unusually for a Passivhaus it is orientated to the west to take advantage of beautiful views over open countryside, and its warm and characterful interior shows how bright and joyful life in a Passivhaus can be.