Accredited Passivhaus Design (APD) has gained planning permission for two new four-bedroom homes, which will be the first Passivhaus dwellings in the London Borough of Redbridge.
The three-storey houses are on a corner plot in Ilford, East London. The clients’ brief, when appointing APD, was for a contemporary design solution, which the Redbridge planners endorsed.
APD’s Certified Passivhaus Designer Peter Ranken said: “For this prominent infill site the planners were keen to see modern design as an exemplar for other developments in the area.
"This pair of semi-detached houses present gabled elevations to the street, and the conjoined-twin plan gives a single gable to the rear. With metal and brick cladding, and triple-glazed windows, they give a stylish contrast to the much altered Victorian houses nearby."
Both houses are designed to be certified to the Passivhaus standard, which requires vigorous quality control on site and ensures high levels of comfort with no draughts, minimal thermal bridging and even internal surface temperatures.
The heating costs for these houses will be around £200 per year – a radiator and two towel rails will heat each house even in mid-winter.
Construction work is due to start in Spring 2017.
Peter Ranken is an Architect and Certified Passivhaus Designer at Accredited Passivhaus Design, part of The Tooley & Foster Partnership - one of the UK’s longest-established RIBA award-winning architectural and interior design practices.