Could you tell us any interesting facts or remarkable features about your project?
Frame Technologies’ TechVantage™ S system was used for the timber frame. This is a breathable closed panel system fully filled with 140mm 035 timber rafter batt in the factory. The system is lined on the inside with a 50mm PIR Liner and service batten and plasterboard with a further 25mm Fibre board and Thermo breather paper on the outside. This delivers a 0.13 U Value through the walls, while a Superglass loft roll was used in the roof to achieve 0.13 U value. A Superglass acoustic insulation in the internal walls and floor zone delivered a well-insulated, energy-efficient and airtight new home.
The house is timber frame clad in stone, with some fibre cement cladding and a slate roof. As well as being highly efficient, it incorporates beautiful features, such as a floating, curved staircase, external balconies around the rear elevation, and a vaulted ceiling over the kitchen with a bridge to the bedrooms over the garage. Large triple glazed sliding doors in four rooms lead to patio/balconies, providing a light, bright and sunny interior, and the incredibly popular inside/outside living feel. The curved staircase and external balconies provided interesting design challenges.
The complete house achieved a SAP rating of 99, which is exemplary, and achieved the highest Passive House standard when tested for air tightness.
Other features include: air source heat pump powering hot water and underfloor heating on both floors; heat recovery ventilation; rainwater collection for garden watering, washing machine and toilet reuse; triple glazing throughout; 11kW PV panels supplying electricity on sunny days to store in 2 Tesla batteries; and daily release 80% back to the grid at high peak load times. These features, combined with the benefits of an airtight, highly insulated shell make a comfortable, cheap-to-run, elegant home.
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Chris & Jenny's Experience at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre
How many times have you visited The National Self Build and Renovation Centre before? Three or four times.
Did you use any exhibitors at the NSBRC? If so, who?
- Frame Technologies - Simon Orrells
- Staircase design consultants TSS - Meinholf Kloepping
- Heat and Energy Design - David Hilton (View the 'Energy Efficiency' Training Course at the NSBRC here).
What did you enjoy most about your visit to the NSBRC? Meeting specialists who were able to turn our ideas into reality.
Would you recommend the NSBRC to a friend, and if so, what aspects of the Centre would you recommend and why? We were able to talk to various contractors before we had even begun the project. It was all in one place and there were really great demonstrations of the new technologies we were interested in. We could see working systems and imagine them as part of our dream home. We were able to listen to people with real experience of finding land and dealing with planning issues, and to have advice on practical matters like site insurance.
Information compiled in November 2022.