Tim Offer Architects always look to make our designs as energy efficient as possible. We talk a lot with clients about measures they can take to improve their homes. We often talk about a ‘fabric first’ approach to design, based on Passivhaus principles. Tim Offer has therefore signed up for further training to qualify as an acredited Passivhaus Designer with the Passivhaus institute. This will give added authority to our advice and expertise and make us one of only a handful of Passivhaus designers in Devon.
We are really looking forward to developing our knowledge and working closely with our clients to develop beautiful and energy efficient homes.
Passivhaus Design (from the Passivhaus Institute website)
Passive House is a building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable and affordable at the same time. Passive House is a tried and true construction concept that can be applied by anyone, anywhere.
Most Importantly, Passive Houses allow for space heating and cooling related energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical building stock and over 75% compared to average new builds.
Passive Houses do this by making efficient use of the sun, internal heat sources and heat recovery. This renders conventional heating systems unnecessary even in the coldest of winters. Passive Houses also make use of passive cooling techniques such as strategic shading to keep comfortably cool during warmer months.
Passive Houses are praised for the high level of comfort they offer. Internal surface temperatures vary little from indoor air temperatures, even in the face of extreme outdoor temperatures.
A ventilation system imperceptibly supplies constant fresh air, making for superior air quality without unpleasant draughts. Heat contained in the exhaust air can be re-used through a highly efficient heat recovery unit.
Devon Architects with Passivhaus Experience
Tim Offer Architects have been involved in a number of projects that have looked to Passivhaus principles. Millway in Suffolk (completed while project architect at Mole Architects) was featured in Passivhaus Plus Magazine.
Passive House buildings are energy efficient buildings that provide users with high levels of comfort and excellent air quality around the clock. They may not look any different from other buildings, therefore, but good planning as well as careful execution of the details is essential in the construction of such projects. This ensures that the high requirements for the building envelope and technology can be met. As a result, building professionals need additional expertise which can be acquired and substantiated with Passive House courses. (from the Passihaus Institute)
While not certified, Millway was developed through the PassivHause Planning Package.
There are only a handful of Passivhaus designers in Devon, and TOA are looking forward to joining them.
Passivhaus Training with AECB Carbonlite and Warm
The AECB is a network of individuals and companies with a common aim of promoting sustainable building. They bring together contractors, trades people, self builders, architects, designers, engineers, manufacturers, housing associations, local authorities and academics to help develop, share, train and promote sustainable building best practice. Tim Offer is a member of the AECB.
The Passivhaus Trust provides leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard. It aims to promote Passivhaus to provide high standards of comfort as well as reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK.
Warm are a low energy building consultancy. They provide knowledge and expertise to assist architects and clients in providing energy effivient buildings.
We are looking forward to developing our expertise and becoming a registered Passivhaus designers serving Devon and Cornwall.