Gokay Deveci designs Scotland’s first Passivhaus accredited home
January 13 2010
‘Tigh-Na-Cladach’ or ‘house by the shore’ from Fyne Homes met the rigorous energy efficiency criteria of the Passivhaus Institut through elimination of conventional heating systems.
This proved particularly challenging in a financially constrained affordable housing scheme that lacked south facing windows. A tall, slim profile also produced a relatively large surface area for heat loss.
Undaunted Deveci employed a closed panel timber system, air tightness, triple glazing and a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system which extracts air from the bathroom and kitchen, converting its heat as it does so to fresh air circulated into the lounge and bedrooms.
Such measures ensure that the heating component for the whole house is kept to approximately a tenth of what an average home uses.
Now nearing completion Tigh-Na-Cladach is expected to welcome its first residents in March, freeing Deveci to work up designs for Scotland’s first zero carbon home in Midmar.
It is work which will find increasing prominence over the coming years as all new homes must be zero carbon by 2016. A measure designed to curtail the 40% slice of UK CO2 emissions attributable to housing.
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