Larch House

In a unique extension of the indepth, remote energy monitoring of the low cost, passivhaus Larch and Lime Houses in Ebbw Vale, the keys to the houses were handed over to the two lucky families who have won a competition to live in the houses rent free for 12 months whilst participating in the live monitoring process.

The ‘holy grail’ in terms of the construction of new sustainable buildings is homes that reach the highest level of energy efficiency, whilst also using as high a proportion of locally sourced materials as possible, what we might call ‘The Local Passivhaus’.  Two buildings, recen

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This serious subject became the talking point of the conference after the delivery of a thoroughly entertaining talk that ended up with a pythonesque crushing of a Code 3 house by a gigantic foot that came down from the roof of the auditorium.

 

The Larch House has won the Low Energy Social Housing Project of the Year at the Sustainable Housing Awards 2011 having been shortlisted within a strong field of finalists. 

The Sustainable Housing Awards, organized by Inside Housing magazine and its sister publication Sustainable Housing, focus on the best green social housing projects constructed in the UK and the organizations responsible for them.

The Larch House has been recognised for its groundbreaking innovation at the Constructing Excellence Wales Awards 2011 in Cardiff on 14th July. The Innovation Award acknowledges the bravery of the project to create a unique building which leads the way in zero carbon low cost construction in housing.

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Mike Jackson of Splash tv and ecologically-minded architect Eric Parks were on site yesterday in Ebbw Vale to film a 'Soft Landings' handover event for the Larch and Lime house.

Maintenance officer Peter Counsel from United Welsh Housing Association came to learn more about the technical aspects of the two passivhaus dwellings, including how to keep them running optimally for the future tenants.

The Larch house has won the Sustainability Category at the RICS Wales 2011 awards. The coveted award was collected by bere: architects and United Welsh Housing Association at a ceremony in Cardiff on Friday 13th May. Although much smaller in scale than any of the other shortlisted projects, the Larch House was praised for being a genuine solution for low energy social housing and for providing a significant educational role for building professionals and school children alike through the regular tours that have been organised over the past year.

Larch House featured in Natural Building Technologies Newspaper.

Larch and Lime House receive Exemplar Award

At the launch of Constructing Excellence Wales’ Exemplar Programme, bere:architects received a pilot Exemplar Programme award for designing the Larch and Lime House at Ebbw Vale.

Passivhaus buildings are comfortable and require little maintenance, but they do have some important features which are different to many existing buildings. As with any other building type, the design features must be fully understood by the occupants to ensure they are experiencing the most comfortable and healthy internal environments, using the minimum amount of energy. To achieve this it is vital that the architects and services engineers pass on the knowledge that they have gained during the design and construction period to the end user.

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