the project

Examination of a decaying farmhouse on this site in Gartocharn led to the decision to replace an existing dwelling with a new highly energy efficient design for a house to better provide for the needs of a growing family. Our client drove a strong sustainability agenda with high ambitions for what could be achieved. The design is an example of sensitive contemporary architecture in a stunning rural location.

How we worked

Careful note taking followed by a process of sketch designs incorporating energy efficient design, making the most of the views and tight control of the scope and budget, led to an effective finished design. We followed principles and methodologies set out in the AECB association for environmentally conscious builders to the silver standard.

Success of the project

The design has resulted in an attractive sustainable home with even greater energy efficiency than expected. The client’s careful evaluation has shown that the energy efficient design offers an overall energy consumption which is significantly lower than expected with an AECB silver house. Features include a PV array on the wood shed, a 4.5kw woodburning stove a ground source heat pump, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and close attention to airtightness and thermal bridging throughout the construction. It’s also proved to be a pleasing, light-filled space to occupy.