Gallery: Larch House: The UK’s First Zero-Carbon Passive Home


Bere architects recently unveiled the ‘Larch House’, the first zero-carbon passive house in the UK. The ultra energy-efficient home features not only “active” energy-producing technologies like solar panels, but also ‘passive’ building techniques such as high levels of insulation, airtight construction, good interior air quality, and efficient heat recovery systems. Showcased at the National Eisteddfod exhibition in Wales for United Welsh and its partners, the one-off house is a remarkable showcase of state-of-the-art green building strategies.

The ‘Passivhaus’ concept has seen growing popularity throughout Europe, and it’s good to see the UK finally embrace the green building standard. The three-bedroom property features high insulation, photovoltaic panels and large south-facing windows that enable the home to be comfortable in both summer and winter.

Speaking about Larch House, Gareth Davies, Head of Development at United Welsh said: “We are absolutely delighted with what has been achieved. This house is a real statement from the social housing sector in Wales. It uses cutting edge technology, the very latest in building material & techniques and some clever thinking to create a home that’s super efficient, low cost to run and will be a pleasure to live in now and in the future.

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  1. Fun Eco House in Melbou... October 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    […] to provide water for toilet flushing and grey water is used to water the lawn. Meanwhile a 2.0 kW solar system is mounted on the roof to provide the home with some of its own […]

  2. ecover blog October 5, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Fantastic! So glad to see this. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Modular_Thailand October 5, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Thanks Timon, great housing showcase. What beautiful it is! I like its roof decorated with Solar panel. And, I thinks its was being priced out also high as its effective green-technology. Right?

    Do you know how much does it priced?


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