Solar photovoltaic panels are also employed to provide a sustainable and low energy consumption for the building. Being a proposed new build property, there are opportunities to introduce active technologies such as ground source heat pumps and air source heats pumps. We take a fabric first approach to sustainable design which many energy consultants would support. This often requires higher performing levels of insulation and improved air tightness measures.
We demonstrated with this scheme that eco homes need not look like wooden shacks with gadgets attached to them. By restraining the external material to slatted cedar cladding we can create a stealthy, low profile look. This modern detached villa cuts into the landscape as a modern sculptural piece of sustainable architecture.