Architecture Awards Design Sustainability Wellness

Low Energy family home kintyre

Low Energy family home kintyre, Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan

A family home, Kintyre in Flamstead, UK recently won East London based architects Tate Harmer the RIBA East Award and the sustainability award for 2019

Low Energy family home kintyre, Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Low Energy family home Kintyre, Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan

The clients brief asked Tate Harmer for an incredibly low-energy family home on the site of their existing bungalow, which they had outgrown and was coming to the end of its useful life. The challenge was; ‘how do you design and build a PassivHaus as a contemporary version of a rural country home?’.

Low Energy family home kintyre, Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Low Energy family home kintyre, Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan

Tate Harmer worked in close collaboration with world leading sustainability experts CoCreate Consulting to design a family home that would have the smallest possible impact on its environment, whilst developing a carefully crafted, modern rural vernacular.

Low Energy family home kintyre, Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Low Energy family home kintyre, Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Low Energy family home kintyre, Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Low Energy family home kintyre, Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Low Energy family home kintyre, Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan

Drawing upon previous successfully delivered PassiveHaus projects, they adopted a fabric first approach for a naturally clad timber PassivHaus and continued to work closely with the client and the contractor during construction to develop and improve the design, and regularly attended site to closely monitor progress, ensuring a high quality finish throughout, with regular air tests, a re-requisite of achieving a sustainable, low-energy home.

This project won the RIBA East Award and the sustainability award for 2019.

Low Energy family home kintyre, Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan
Photo ©Kilian O’Sullivan

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