Gallery: England’s First Passive House is a Vaulted Green-Roofed Wonder

This unique home in the English countryside of Staplehurst, Kent has taken a page from architecture history and mixed it with state-of-the-art design to create a one-of-a-kind house. Designed by Architect Richard Hawke, the home's arched roof is a timbrel vault -- an arch that follows a parabola rather than circle. The result is that the roof requires no added support and reduces material use. Contrasting with the 14th century roof technology is a host of high-tech materials and equipment that helped the Crossway House become the first certified Passive House in England.

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  1. Himali Vithanage March 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Just seen this house on television. its awesome…

  2. complectus December 5, 2010 at 9:04 am

    This home was featured on the UK TV show “Grand Designs” on February 18, 2009. Episode 4 of series 9.

  3. hapi December 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Buffalohead – This house was featured on a TV show here in the UK called “Grand Designs” and you can find more detail here on Channel 4’s website:

    I doubt you will be able to stream the episode from outside the UK (assuming you are), but you might be able to find it online. 😉

  4. buffalohead December 4, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Where is more information on the roof structure, the heating degree days of this location and the mechanical systems? Looks pretty but the roof thickness seems thin for insulation values. This looks like hollow tiles laid on a parabolic mold. Surely not.

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