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With this project we were amongst the first practices in the UK to design a building using the ‘Passivhaus’ criteria. This family home in Highgate has super-insulated walls, triple-glazed windows and heat-recovery ventilation to keep heat loss to an absolute minimum. The marginal energy loss is offset by the energy generated from solar panels and micro-CHP plant. In simple terms, the design of a ‘Passivhaus’ is straightforward…super insulate it, make it extremely air tight, use heat-recovery ventilation and the job is done.

The design challenge was to meet these requirements in a way that produces a house which is desirable, affordable and acceptable to planners and neighbours. This house was experimental in that we developed new details to overcome thermal bridging in the masonry.

Shortlisted for ICE London Civil Engineering Award, 2010

Client: Private Client

Architect: Robin Partington Architects

Status: Completed 2010

15 Denewood Road