Wadebridge Responsive House, Cornwall Green Building Store

Wadebridge Responsive House, Cornwall

PERFORMANCE triple glazed windows and doors at Wadebridge Responsive House, Cornwall
I have been really pleased with the PERFORMANCE windows and doors. They seal really well and are easy to use, and I especially like the tilt and turn opening mechanism.

Mark Innes – Architect at Innes Architects

Green Building Store’s customer and after sales service has been really good and I have appreciated follow-up visits to make fine adjustments to the installation, especially as it was not originally installed  by yourselves.

Mark Innes – Architect at Innes Architects

The MVHR system is excellent and working well. The constant supply of fresh filtered air, combined with 94% heat recovery, maintains ideal humidity levels protecting the health of my family and the house.

Mark Innes – Architect at Innes Architects

I am a big believer in MVHR heat recovery ventilation and, wherever possible, encourage my clients to go down this route.

Mark Innes – Architect at Innes Architects

Mark Innes, Architect at Innes Architects, has designed an innovative,  energy-efficient  three-bedroom house for his family, which is described as a ‘Responsive house, responding to site, user, short-term weather and long-term climate’. Designed using Passivhaus principles, the project is constructed in locally-sourced Douglas Fir timber and is insulated using Warmcel insulation with an additional wood-fibre board wrap helping to avoid cold-bridging. The project features an airy open-plan living space, around the enclosed sleeping quarters. The south-east end opens up into a fully glazed double-height sun-space to maximise solar gain – and enjoy the views over the Camel estuary.

Green Building Store’s PERFORMANCE triple-glazed timber windows and doors (whole window U value: 0.85 W/m2K) were specified throughout the house, including the sun room. Green Building Store also designed and supplied the MVHR system at the project.

Affordable triple glazing

The project was designed using PHPP (Passive House Planning Package) and features a fully triple-glazed sun room that captures and controls solar gain to provide space heating for the house. Green Building Store’s triple glazed timber PERFORMANCE range of windows and doors were specified throughout the project.

Mark Innes commented: “We knew that Green Building Store supplied good quality windows and when we got the prices back we found that the cost-effectiveness of the triple glazing option enabled us to go for a higher specification of glazing than we had originally budgeted for. This meant that we could have triple glazing in the sun room, which has helped retain the heat from the great solar gains and enabled us to use the sun room as the principal energy source for the home.”

Minimal space heating

Mark added: “We knew we really wanted a sun room at the house and wanted to harness the passive solar gain to act as space heating energy source for the project. Using the sunroom as an energy source to heat up the rest of the house has paid off and the sunroom works wonderfully. Our space heating need is around a fifth of that of a Passivhaus, so the total cost for space heating the house has averaged £29 per year [electric heater]. The large roof overhang and ability to purge the sun room means that there is no problem of overheating.”

Overall impressions

Mark added “I have been really pleased with the PERFORMANCE windows and doors. They seal really well and are easy to use, and I especially like the tilt and turn opening mechanism. Green Building Store’s customer and after sales service has been really good and I have appreciated follow-up visits to make fine adjustments to the installation, especially as it was not originally installed  by yourselves”.

MVHR heat recovery ventilation

Green Building Store designed and supplied the PAUL Novus 300 MVHR system at the project. Mark commented: “The MVHR system is excellent and working well. The constant supply of fresh filtered air, combined with 94% heat recovery, maintains ideal humidity levels protecting the health of my family and the house. I am a big believer in MVHR heat recovery ventilation and, wherever possible, encourage my clients to go down this route.”

 

More information

Innes Architects, Tel: 01208 813 131, Email: mark@innesarchitects.co.uk www.innesarchitects.co.uk

Wadebridge Responsive House

 

31st May 2017

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