Gallery: London’s First Certified Passivehaus Saves 90% Off its Energy ...


London’s first Passivehaus has a heavily insulated shell made from prefabricated European larch timber. The term Passivehaus refers to an advanced low-energy construction standard that ensures homes are cool in the summer, warm during the winter, and well ventilated with perfect air humidity levels. As a result, the energy-efficient home maintains a high level of indoor air quality while consuming much less energy than other south-facing terraced houses in the area.

The south and west-facing sides of the house feature triple-glazed windows that create bright, airy interior spaces. Retractable external venetian blinds with automatic solar controls adjust sun exposure while allowing the home to take advantage of cool breezes during hot summer days in the British capital. A highly efficient heat recovery ventilation system is up to ten times more efficient than standard systems, and the interior features non-toxic materials to maintain exceptional air quality.

Water for drinking and bathing gets filtered before it reaches the taps, and an external solar thermal panel provides hot water for the home. The house’s lush outdoor spaces foster biodiversity, while a hidden rainwater-harvesting tank under the garden provides enough water for the sweet wildflower meadow, green roof and ivy-covered stone walls.

Want to find out more about what makes a Passivehaus? You can start at Passipedia, or you can spend 130 Euro to purchase a software program called ‘The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)’,, which is the service that Bere:Architects used to design this London pad.

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  1. Ana Lisa Alperovich October 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Andrew, if you have any sustainable buildings you would like to recommend for an article, you can email the info to me Thanks a lot!

  2. eaglesandrew October 17, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Nice one. Opened another passivhaus scheme in Wimbish on friday. Slowly people are getting it.

  3. Eric October 15, 2011 at 3:49 am

    I really like the style of the home. Much of the design is quite simple and yet the details that are there give it so much character.

  4. quinny October 14, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I just love these types of houses. My girlfriend and I are in the fortunate position to both have good jobs. We’ve been able to buy a plot of land for a good price and are also planning to build a passive/energy neutral house.

    The plans have been drawn up, planning permission was given last week. We’re now busy trying to find a builder to build our house within our budget. All very exciting!

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