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Nicolas Tye wins planning for Hertfordshire Passivhaus

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Bedfordshire-based Nicolas Tye Architects has won planning for an £850,000 Passivhaus in Hertfordshire

The five-bedroom family home will be clad in larch and features a number of double height spaces.

Containing a garage, and rear balcony area, the Passivhaus will require almost no heating.

The architect’s view

‘Our first Passivhaus project was fortunate in having a lot of local and planning support to provide this site with an elegant and robust solution to this generous plot townscape location.

‘This replacement dwelling site with its extensive housing mix to the locale provided a simple form solution of high quality design and detailing. Using single block walls with larch cladding and high specification windows provides a low maintenance holistically designed solution which provides a truly wonderful family lifetime home.’

Nicolas Tye Harpenden Passivhaus

Project data

Location Hertfordshire
Type of project private dwelling
Client undisclosed
Architect Nicolas Tye Architects
Planning consultant Philips Planning Services
Structural engineer Scott White & Hookins
M&E consultant Waldeck
Passivhaus consultant BRE
Lighting consultant The Lighting Asylum
Main contractor not confirmed
Funding private
Tender date early 2014
Start on site date early 2014
Completion date unknown
Gross internal floor area 430m²
Total cost £850,000
Predicted air tightness levels 0.6ach
Predicted heating demand 8kWh/(m²a)
Predicted heating load 8W/m²
Specific environmental targets Passivhaus

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