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This light-filled passive solar house uses minimal energy, using innovative construction methods to harness the heat of the sun. Designed for a family of four, the house is a re-interpretation of the suburban villa house.
The building is constructed entirely from a frame of solid cross-laminated timber panels, supported by glu-laminated beams and columns. The solid timber construction enables solid floors to act as a thermal heatsink, minimising the need for additional heating.
The front, north elevation has fewer windows and is clad in a semi-reflective patterned glass rainscreen, whilst the rear elevation has large openings to the sun and the garden, with external sunshades over the outside terrace. A ground-source heat pump provides hot water and the minimal heating required. The building uses less than the target of 15 kWh/sqm for space heating – equivalent to German Passivhaus standards.