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.
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.
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.
Project nameCarrowbeck Meadow, Norwich, United Kingdom
ArchitectHamson Barron Smith, Sarah Lewis, Dan Towers
ClientBroadland Growth Limited, NPS Group
300mm Porotherm Blocks
100mm Porotherm Blocks
Year of completion2016