The Hen House project designed by Paul Testa Architecture Green Building Store

The Hen House, Sheffield

The Hen House project Sheffield photo Dug Wilders
Thank you. We couldn’t be more impressed with the service we’ve had throughout from Green Building Store. You’ve been absolute professionals, really easy to deal with and all-round lovely folk

Gail & Jo – Clients

We specified the PERFORMANCE range because of its excellent value for performance and also because of the quality of Green Building Store’s customer service.

Paul Testa – Architect

We did some cost comparisons and these windows came out really well compared to competitors.  Green Building Store is also very easy to work with and really supports us throughout the whole specification process.

Paul Testa – Architect

We have specified Green Building Store’s PERFORMANCE range on a number of projects, including for the EnerPHit radical retrofit of my own home, which is currently on site.

Paul Testa – Architect

It was good to work with Green Building Store on the MVHR system for the project as a tried and trusted supplier of ventilation with heat recovery systems.  

Paul Testa – Architect

The MVHR system is working really well and is virtually silent in operation, as we’d expect from Green Building Store’s MVHR design team.

Paul Testa – Architect

The Hen House project is an award-winning energy efficient newbuild house, built into a steeply sloping Sheffield garden site, designed by Paul Testa Architects and built by Simplicity Construction for selfbuilder clients Jo and Gail.  The house has been designed to be extremely warm and comfortable to live in whilst using very little energy compared to a typical new-build house.

Green Building Store supplied the PERFORMANCE triple glazed windows & doors and MVHR system for the project.

Design

The house was built using Passivhaus principles, and was designed using PHPP, with a total space heating need of 36 kWh/m2 per year and a construction cost of £1975/m2

The two storey dwelling was carefully fitted into its difficult plot whilst maximising the views to the West, avoiding numerous mature trees or overlooking other  properties.

The home is accessed on the upper level, which offers a spacious, light filled kitchen, living and dining space, made from a highly insulated timber-frame superstructure provided by Frame Technologies.  The long room is divided by a full-height plywood bookshelf which maintains views through to the large balcony overhanging the slope at the far end. This upper level is clad in timber shingles which will soften with age and blend the house into its wooded surroundings. The lower floor houses the bedrooms and support spaces in a solid, masonry plinth

Triple glazed timber windows & doors

Green Building Store’s PERFORMANCE triple glazed timber windows and doors were chosen for the project. The window and door specification for the site included a large gable end with French doors and triangular fanlights, as well as long narrow windows positioned to fit in with ‘overlooking’ issues and also to take advantage of the views of wooded overgrowth

Products supplied from the PERFORMANCE range included: Tilt and turn windows, two Lift and slide doors, an entrance door and sidelights and a large triangular fixed panel. The windows and doors were finished with a clear stain inside, and opaque paint finish (RAL 7037) outside.

Paul Testa commented:

 “We specified the PERFORMANCE range because of its excellent value for performance and also because of  the quality of Green Building Store’s customer service. Value for money is obviously an important factor when specifying. We did some cost comparisons and these windows came out really well compared to competitors.  Green Building Store is also very easy to work with and really supports us throughout the whole specification process.

We have specified Green Building Store’s PERFORMANCE range on a number of projects, including for the EnerPHit radical retrofit of my own home, which is currently on site. ”

Clients Jo and Gail commented:

 “Thank you. We couldn’t be more impressed with the service we’ve had throughout from Green Building Store. You’ve been absolute professionals, really easy to deal with and all-round lovely folk!”

MVHR mechanical ventilation with heat recovery

Green Building Store designed, supplied and commissioned the MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) system, which included a PAUL Novus 300 MVHR unit and a rigid spiral wound steel ducting system, which was incorporated into the contemporary design of the project, rather than concealed.

Paul Testa:

“It was good to work with Green Building Store on the MVHR system for the project as a tried and trusted supplier of ventilation with heat recovery systems.  The MVHR system is working really well and is virtually silent in operation, as we’d expect from Green Building Store’s MVHR design team.”

Awards: 

  • IStructE Yorkshire Region Awards 2018 – Best Small Project;
  • Sheffield Design Awards 2018 – Shortlisted;
  • Best Timber Frame House, Build It Magazine 2018 – Winner

 

Completion: March 2018

Case study: January 2019

Photography: Dug Wilders

More information

Paul Testa Architecture paultestaarchitecture.co.uk

Simplicity Construction www.simplicity-construction.co.uk

Frame Technologies www.frametechnologies.co.uk

2nd January 2019

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