Tysca House, Cropwell Butler, Notts
Groundworks Architects designed this one-off low energy house in 2015, and project managed the job through to completion on site at the end of 2016. The original bungalow on the site was demolished and we obtained permission for a very modern 2 storey house in a conservation village. The design is basically a timber box [with a stainless steel roof] on top of a rendered box. The site has a beautiful wild flower meadow garden, which is supplemented by a Japanese style minimalist garden closer to the house. The large glazed areas have been carefully positioned to take advantage of the views over this lovely garden. The house is very low energy in its design. It has a thermal envelope with u-values of 0.13 W/m2oK for walls floor and roof, this is 2 to 3 times better than current building regs. The house also achieved an air tightness rating of 1.6 m3 /hr/sq.m. this is 6 times better than current building regulations. This highly insulated fabric allowed us to specify an ultra low energy hearing system utilising an air source heat pump, and a MVHR ventilation system. A significant part of the electricity demand of the heat pump is provided by a photovoltaic panel array on the south facing roof of the house, this has 28 solar panels providing 7KW of electricity generation.
Current Stage: Completed on site 2016 Construction cost: Private