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Tectonics completes zinc-clad Passivhaus in east London

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East London-based Techtonics Architects has completed this Passivhaus in a conservation area in Hackney, east London

The 100m2 two-storey house has been built on an infill site and due to planning regulations was required to be set half a level down from the street.

The house’s bedrooms are located at the lower ground floor with an open plan living space above.

The building, which is constructed from concrete at the lower level and has a prefabricated cross-laminated timber upper storey, is clad in brick and zinc.

Architect Bernard Tulkens, commented: ‘Quality of construction and simplicity of details are key to achieving Passivhaus: low air leakage construction requires careful attention to all the joints between construction elements, so the whole building team needs to understand the principles of the construction.


Project data 

Type of project private house
Client private
Architect: Tectonics Architects
Passivhaus consultant Accredited Passivhaus Design
Passivhaus certifier WARM
Structural engineer Michael Hadi Associates
Funding private
Start on site date 2013
Start construction April 2014
Completion date September 2015
Gross internal floor area 100m²
Form of contract and/or procurement bespoke/management procurement
Total cost private
Annual predicted CO2 emissions 2359.4 kg CO2
Air tightness levels 0.29 air changes per hour @ 50 Pa
Sustainability certification  Passivhaus

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