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" Occupant Feedback : GROVE COTTAGE ‘All year round, the house is the right temperature, no messing with controls, fretting about getting the children to close doors, and no excessive clothing !’ "
Lorna Pearcey, Grove Cottage.
"We were delighted when it proved to be possible to achieve a PassivHaus standard building which fits perfectly in its residential environment and provides an efficient working environment at a reasonable price. We couldn’t have achieved this without the passion, commitment and expertise of our architects Simmonds Mills. Our tenants, the local community, the workforce and the Board of Helena Partnerships are delighted with the outcome."
Professor Robert Barr, OBEIndependent Board Member and Sustainability Champion - Helena Partnerships
"Incidentally we don’t have any heating at all upstairs and the ‘coldest’ bedroom in the cottage end is at 17C today, plenty warm enough. Our bedroom in the new bit is 19C, and is usually warmer when we get up in the morning that when we go to bed at night – just 2 bodies warming it! We spent the evening at a friend’s house yesterday and sat in draughts..."
Tanzania eco-village update 30.1.23These are recent photos from the eco-village near to Dar-es-Salaam, where we have been working on projects since 2017. This is the first of a series of 4 houses that are planned as homes for the orphanage there. The design has worked on the principles developed in the test building; see project page. Locally made concrete blocks are the usual construction method in the area. Openings are maximised to give...
When a design is working….Great to get energy in use update for 2022 usage from some clients as the New Year arrived – their total gas used was 2000Kwh . For a treated floor area of 133 sq.m that’s achieved 15 Kwh / m2.a ….actually Passivhaus target. The design didn’t quite aim for PH certification due to budget etc. Design heat demand was 22 Kwh/m2.a so that’s a great result ! Has cost £21/mth...
Trustlink Building: PH open day 4 Feb 2023Great to hear news of a certified Passivhaus building we designed / completed over 12 years ago – formerly Disability Essex – now Trustlink are using this building, open to the public on 4 Feb. 2023. this short film explains the valuable work going on here. Great to hear the building is being so well used. https://youtu.be/imKjj3UYX2w
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