This new house in South Manchester was designed and developed by our Director for his family. The four bedroomed home adopted an off-site fabricated system, Hembuild, using timber framed panels with hempcrete infill, constructed 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, draught free envelope, triple glazing and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, the house has performed with very low energy requirements The house has no conventional heating system and is off the gas grid. The electrical energy and a substantial part of the domestic hot water provision is being satisfied by photovoltaics to give performance towards zero carbon in use.
Construction of the superstructure commenced in 2015 and the house occupied mid 2017 since when energy consumption has been monitored. The photographs show early erection in progress over the first two weeks.