March 2010 Award Winners
Conker win the Special Award for Sustainability, Residential Category in the Kent Design Awards 2009/10.
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The Award was for the Green House, Shepherdswell, near Dover, which was recognised by the judges as being the first house in Kent designed to Passivhaus principles, using the PassivHaus Planning Package 2004 software. Conker beat off stiff competition for the award, including a project featured on Grand Designs. The judging panel recognised that embarking on a passivhaus design in 2007 was a brave move by the client, when products and experience in the UK were still in their infancy. They were also impressed by the fact the high thermal performance was achieved using conventional UK methods, such as cavity wall and timber frame, rather than costly specialist systems.
Conker used experience gained on the Pines Calyx, designed in 2004/2005 to Passivhaus principles, to detail the thermal junctions, windows and doors. We have since refined these into a library of passivhaus details for cavity walls, timber frame, solid walls, in both new build and retrofit.