The Eco House was designed in response to our client’s brief for a site that utilised locally produced, sustainability sourced, recycled or organic materials.
This brief was fulfilled through the use of eco-friendly materials including recycled bricks, Earthwool insulation made from recycled glass, thermal mass in the concrete slab, locally sourced timbers and triple glazed windows.
Although situated on a small block, the house is still able to accommodate a family of six. The building is oriented north for passive solar gain, and the living rooms on the first floor benefit from unobstructed solar gain. Summer heat loads are controlled by adjustable shades made from recycled ship sail canvas.
Natural ventilation is facilitated through the use of mechanically operable clerestory windows above the central stair void which draw air up through the house. Roof mounted photovoltaics and 100% green power sourced from the energy provider produces a low-consumption environment.
The result is an incredibly efficient building that benefits aesthetically from the environmentally responsible materials as well as their performance
Photographer: Emma Cross