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Issue #24

BUILDING HOMES – INVESTING IN QUALITY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

High quality of living

Norwich city council in the United Kingdom commissioned an innovative passive housing scheme with 14 dwellings (8 detached, 6 semi-detached). The goal was to provide high quality of life combined with excellent energy efficiency.
Buildings: Passive Houses
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Buildings: Passive Houses
© SG Photography
Buildings: Passive Houses
© SG Photography
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Buildings: Passive Houses
© SG Photography

BUILDING HOMES – INVESTING IN QUALITY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

High quality of living

Norwich city council in the United Kingdom commissioned an innovative passive housing scheme with 14 dwellings (8 detached, 6 semi-detached). The goal was to provide high quality of life combined with excellent energy efficiency.

The passive house standard is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the UK. Its aim is to promote the construction of houses with excellent thermal efficiency and exceptional airtightness with mechanical ventilation.

 

The e4 principles

Wienerberger offers a holistic approach to delivering these requirements – the e4 house concept, which stands for economy, energy, ecology and emotion. Homes constructed in line with this concept offer optimum build performance while meeting market needs in an affordable, accessible way – economy. They focus on the efficient use of energy, meeting the latest energy performance standards – energy. They minimise their environmental impact by using responsibly sourced, resource-efficient materials and by promoting low-impact living – ecology. These houses also providing a feel-good atmosphere that people want to live in; houses that not only provide flexibility and practicality, but also deliver a better quality of life – emotion.

Buildings: Passive Houses
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Clay blocks – the best choice

Clay blocks have been specified for the project as an efficient alternative to other building materials. They comply with the passive house standards by delivering high thermal efficiency, an exceptionally fast and virtually dry construction, plus excellent strength.

Buildings: Passive Houses
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Future-oriented investment

In addition to all this, and more importantly, the project marks a change in the way the local authority invests in local housing. With this project, it is beginning to invest directly in quality, by choosing excellence, high energy efficiency and a principle like e4. For high quality of life and a focus on creating a sense of wellbeing for occupants.

Buildings: Passive Houses
© SG Photography
Facts
  • Project name
    Carrowbeck Meadow, Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Architect
    Hamson Barron Smith, Sarah Lewis, Dan Towers
  • Client
    Broadland Growth Limited, NPS Group
  • Used products

    300mm Porotherm Blocks
    100mm Porotherm Blocks
    Zero-Plus Mortar

  • Year of completion
    2016
Porotherm 300

Wall

Porotherm 300 – United Kingdom

Porotherm 100

Wall

Porotherm 100 – United Kingdom

Zero Plus Mortar

Wall

Zero Plus Mortar – United Kingdom