Our Touchwood Homes team are now on-site erecting the frame for a two storey home in Maldon near the Essex coast, which has been structurally designed to meet tthe passivhaus standard. This home has a distinctive modern style and will be a fabulous addition to the street scene in which it is set.
This on-street site was previously occupied by a poorly constructed bungalow that suffered badly from the effects of damp, and was a cold and uncomfortable home to live in. Our clients decided that they would demolish the old bungalow and build a new energy efficient passivhaus home in its place.
On inspection of the site, it was decided that the new home could be build directly on the existing strip foundation of the demolished bungalow. This is is an unusual move, but with the addition of specialist passivhaus detailing to surface layer to prevent cold bridging and dampness in the new build, would considerably cut build costs and reduce the environmental impact of creating new concrete foundation strips.
Once the build is complete, our customer intents to install substantial PV over the large roof space, which will bring the home's energy efficiency up further to meet the new Passivhaus + standard, a highly prestegious certification which is only given to homes that are proven to create as much energy as it uses throughout an annual period.
If we’re serious about climate change, all new homes need to be built to this standard to avoid creating unnecessary CO2 emissions from heating our homes.
Our timber-frame is now nearly complete, so we’re now aiming to install the roof membrane before a much deserved holiday season!