This new house in South Manchester is being designed and developed by our Director for his own use. Originally planned to be constructed with hemcrete cast on site, this has subsequently adopted an off-site fabricated system, Hembuild, using timber framed panels with hemcrete infil. Panels were constructed off-site at a facility in Abingdon, delivered to site and craned into place.
The panels use wholly natural materials and boast high levels of captured carbon and high insulation offering low whole life carbon.
Designed to PassivHaus standards with a highly insulated, airtight envelope, triple glazing and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, the house will have very low energy requirements with a wood burning stove used only in extreme conditions. The electrical energy and a substantial part of the domestic hot water provision is intended to be satisfied by photovoltaics to give performance towards zero carbon output in use.
Construction of the superstructure commenced in 2015 and, with fit-out in progress is due to be completed ready for fit-out by the end of September. The photographs show erection in progress over the first two weeks.