Highbury

Passive House Principles 3 Storey Side Extension with Compact Unit
Design
Ian Taylor
Project Description

The client who is also the architect was looking to build a Passive House quality side extension to his home and contacted us directly due to our experience in this field. Due to an unfavourable form factor  – the ratio of building volume to surface area – resulting from site constraints, Passive House could not be achieved however we endeavoured to get as close as possible using Passive House design principles.

We achieved this by building a timber frame structure heavily insulated with rigid board and expanding foam with a brick exterior to meet planning requirements. We fitted high performance windows and a Nilan combined MVHR unit and domestic hot water system. We provided full mechanical, electrical and insulation design and installation. Due to very low heating demands and project cost restrictions we used underfloor electric heating mats throughout.

The extension consists of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a snug and a kitchen diner. The small building width was very restrictive, there was pressure to retain and maximise internal space, storage potential and to utilise every recess. This resulted in curved walls to increase the feeling of space.

A Loxone smart home system controls heating, MVHR system, & light switches. It was designed with a future provision for control of electric blinds.

  • “I was delighted with Bow Tie Construction and have recommended them to several friends and neighbours.”

    – Toni M
  • “I did get the benefit of regular updates and involvement in the project so I could see the quality of the work.”

    – Raza Rizvi
  • “This house is cosy and comfortable but in a natural way. Our old house was of similar scale, area and build and if you wanted to heat a room you had to blast it and the air would then be very dry and that heat would quickly leak out.”

    – Toni M
  • “Rafael was involved from the beginning and contributed useful ideas and suggestions throughout the project.”

    – Donald & Tania S
  • “It quickly became clear that Bow Tie want to do a good job, they want their work to be to a high standard, no problem is too small to discuss and identify solutions, they really want to get it right.”

    – Francis M

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