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Passivhaus, Shepherdswell, Dover, Kent

This house was designed to avoid overlooking and privacy issues with neighbours.

This was the second Passivhaus dwelling we designed, and the first purpose designed Passivhaus in Kent (although not certified as the costs in 2007 were too high).

It was built to Passivhaus standard U values avoiding thermal bridges using both cavity wall construction and timber frame. Features included MVHR, rainwater harvesting and the house was made solar ready.

We learnt a great amount about detailing cavity walls with 300mm full fill on this project, as well as I joists and injected Warmcell.

It was air tested prior to completion at 1.0m³/m²h .

See the Low Energy Buildings database entry for details.

Winner of Kent Design Awards 2009, Special Award for Sustainability. We beat another well know Passivhaus, Crossways, on this occasion, due to the repeatability and cost effectiveness of the project.