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Passivhaus home passed by Sheffield planners
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Sheffield planners are continuing to grow the city's green credentials with recent approval for the conversion of a 1960s property into a contemporary detached Passivhaus on Bracken Hill in Burncross.
Passivhaus home passed by Sheffield planners

Paul Holden from Peak Architects brought the successful application to completion. The design draws on the German-founded Passivhaus principles to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by up to 90 per cent, within the existing footprint of the building.

Paul said: "The success of this refurbishment and retrofit project is centred around the integration of sustainable Passivhaus principles including extremely high levels of insulation; triple glazing, whole house ventilation and renewable energy sources including photo voltaic and solar thermal panels, combined with air source heat pumps.

"As energy demands and prices increase, the need for homes to be far more efficient and conserve energy rather than waste it, will only rise.

"Increased design standards and legislation recognise this for new build, but the ability to successfully renovate and convert existing buildings needs to be addressed.

"The principles are recognised as the worldwide benchmark for energy efficient building and Sheffield is proving to be very proactive in the development of such properties. This will be one of the first building in the region to integrate these principles into its existing footprint."

Research from the Technology Strategy Board on retro fit using existing technologies has shown delivery of deep carbon reductions without compromising the comfort of residents.

Paul added: "Post war dwellings make up 60 per cent of the current housing stock offering a huge market for retrofitting and one which has not really been considered until now. This concept makes it viable for people to make drastic reductions in their carbon footprint, reduce their energy bills and improve their environment without moving home."

Construction is expected to start on site in April 2015.

The principles of the Passivhaus system began in Germany in the 1990s. Only 20,000 Passivhaus have been constructed across the globe, many in Scandinavia and Germany.

Work began in Sheffield earlier this year at Little Kelham to build 107 Passive Houses from scratch, making it the UK’s largest development of energy efficient and virtually air tight homes.

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 Positive review of this story
  Prof. Amyan Macfadyen 
30 Dec 2014, 7:23 PM 
A house which generates all its energy needs
this seems a splendid example. I make two comments. 1 What is the large horizontal structure in the foreground? Possibly the heat source for the heat pump? It's not very aesthetically pleasing. 2 what measures have been taken to ensure health of the occupants? It is said that inhabitants of such houses suffer poor health due to lack of being challenged a by range wider temperature and humidity.

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