Designing economical, low energy buildings is a specific area of our expertise. gcp director Colin Powell has been exploring the PassivHaus approach with many potenital clients as the best way for designing a building to have very small energy bills. Over the past year gcp have used PassivHaus to model benefits of low energy / low carbon buildings for a range of clients:
- Jephson Housing are using gcp to develop a scheme of 8 homes for elderly people as a show-case PassivHaus development in Swindon.
- Knightstone Housing Association engaged gcp's PassivHaus expertise to model carbon reduction and demonstrate the potential of PassivHaus to deliver low carbon homes that exceed Bristol City Council Planning Department's carbon reduction requirements without renewables, at their major development at Torpoint Road in South Bristol. gcp are now providing the detailed design for Kier Construction for the on site phase
- gcp are working with Halsall Construction to deliver a major PassivHaus development of 25 homes for Hastoe Housing Association in Somerset.
- gcp have gained planning permission for a 2000 sq ft private PassivHaus home in Oxfordshire (featured in the image above).
gcp Certified PassivHaus Designer Colin Powell says..
'As the benefits of PassivHaus become understood we think more clients will see this as the best way of creating high quality low energy and low carbon buildings - we are doing everything we can to ensure we are able to support clients and contractor partners with knowledge and practical advice.'