|Fact file: Airtight modern eco home
House size: 180m2
Architect: Sally Ruel
Self build house plans re-created using Build It 3D Home Design Software
Martin Sherring and Penny Edwards were eager an ultra-efficient, low bills Passivhaus home for their retirement – a dwelling that would combine their eco lifestyle and their love of traditional craftsmanship.
With the help of architect Sally Ruel, they kept the structure of their new home as simple as possible in order to maximise its airtightness. Combined with high levels of insulation, the end result is a house that needs very little active heating.
The south facing glazing fills the interior with light and helps to heat it (thanks to solar gain). It also frames the breathtaking views of distant mountains.
The timber clad exterior is painted with a product derived from iron ore to give it a bold red-brown hue.