The house is sited in a natural concave area of hillside facing principally west along
the contours to enjoy the spectacular landscape setting of the river Ken valley and
the ridges of the Rhinns of Kells hills opposite.
The design uses lightweight but highly insulated steel and timber frame
construction, clad in cedar weatherboarding allowed to weather to a natural silver
grey colour. The roof ﬁnish is pre-weathered grey standing seam zinc. Windows
and external doors are triple glazed high performance timber, painted grey. All
The slope of the roof of the main living accommodation follows the slope of the
hillside, with the rear roof meeting the main roof at a shallower angle to allow
morning sunlight to penetrate the centre of the house.
The house is net ʻzero carbonʼ by using very high levels of insulation, minimising air inﬁltration heating using an air source heat pump with a ʻwhole house heat recovery ventilation systemʼ, and generating electricity using a wind turbine and solar panels.
What do we mean by zero carbon houses ?
Design to minimise carbon emissions from a building:
A zero carbon house design will payback the carbon invested in its construction through exporting zero carbon energy back into the national grid.
On this site we believe that this definition of a genuine zero carbon house is the most appropriate. The payback of invested carbon and the aspiration to move toward negative carbon buildings (buildings that have exported more zero carbon energy back into the national grid than was expended in construction) are cornerstones of our zero carbon building definition.
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