Case Study - Stanley Avenue, Thorpe Hamlet
This was a fantastic project to work on where our client was downsizing and looking for assistance with the delivery of a stylish 4 bedroom low energy 'home for life' with sustainability at its core. The new building sits almost exactly on the footprint of a demolished 1940's bungalow and with such minimal disturbance was able to retain the mature trees and hedges already on the plot. The building was constructed from timber frame and glulam elements and was detailed to have exceptional levels of insulation and airtightness to prevent heat loss. Green roofs were added to the flat roof areas to provide habitat for native species and natural western red cedar cladding was used to clad the first floor. Ground source heat pumps and solar panels were also integrated into the design to further enhance the sustainability credentials. The technical delivery of this project was incredibly satisfying to us. We have software at our disposal where we are able to evaluate the thermal value of each building element (walls, floors and roofs) are all achieve the required thermal efficiency. We are also able to establish the optimum thermal level of elements, avoiding 'greenwash' where too much material has been proposed, but no thermal benefit is being gained.