Thinking Buildings are always looking to minimise the impact of the buildings we design. We’re very passionate about the German Passivhaus approach. Developed in Germany in the early 1990s, Passivhaus is a fabric first approach to low energy housing design.
This approach to building design allows us to minimise the heating requirements of a building down to very low levels. Heat from the people using the space and from appliances can then make up the vast majority of the heating load. Heat can then be recovered and circulated by a Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery (MVHR) unit.
One of our super low energy houses is around half way through the build. This building uses clay blocks instead of traditional concrete blocks. These are inherently better at insulating the building against heat loss but can also help regulate the internal temperature by acting as what is sometimes called a ‘thermal flywheel’, thereby smoothing temperatures between day and night.
Our client has been capturing a time-lapse of the first half of the build. Enjoy!
If you do have any questions or are thinking of a build yourself we’d be delighted to speak with you.