Orchard Cottage: A Near Passive New-build in Whittlesford

Orchard Cottage: A Near Passive New-build in Whittlesford

Sat 17 Sep 2022, Various

Meet your hosts, Nik and Sally

Nik and Sally bought their plot of land in Whittlesford in 2012, and with it an ageing 1950s bungalow. They considered renovating, but the limitations of the old house with its ageing materials, inefficient use of space and unknown structural characteristics made it difficult. Instead, they started afresh, completing their near Passivhaus standard new build in 2021.

This was a great online tour by Sally and Nik. See:

Video of the Tour, with sections showing in the timeline
Slides of the Presentation
Case study, with links to suppliers, building professionals, etc

Nik says: “Given that we were going to be doing major works, it seemed obvious to build our new house to be as low-energy as possible.”

 

Key Features of this home

  • Insulated clay block construction
  • Triple and quadruple glazing
  • Solar PV used dynamically to heat hot water tank
  • Mechanical ventilation & heat recovery (MVHR) system
  • No heating installed – maybe a wood stove for next winter
  • Bamboo flooring
  • Cool pantry
  • Rainwater storage and shower waste heat recovery system
  • Solar shading from eaves and integral Venetian blinds in windows

Tour details

1 hour in-person tour with a maximum of 8 people per tour, running:

  • Sat 17 Sep, 1.30pm
  • Sat 17 Sep, 3.30pm

Nik’s top tips for being more energy efficient at home

  • Insulated clay block construction
  • Triple and quadruple glazing
  • Solar PV used dynamically to heat hot water tank
  • Mechanical ventilation & heat recovery (MVHR) system
  • No heating installed – maybe a wood stove for next winter
  • Bamboo flooring
  • Cool pantry
  • Rainwater storage and shower waste heat recovery system
  • Solar shading from eaves and integral Venetian blinds in windows

 

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Thanks to our 2022 Open Eco Homes funders and supporters

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