Oakdene Passivhaus | Punnetts Town, East Sussex
Detached rural home built to passivhaus standards.
This rural eco-house takes advantage of a sloping site to effectively increase the floor area of the existing dwelling by more than 50% without increasing the ridge height. The new-build replaced a bungalow that had previously occupied the site, which is an agricultural smallholding in the Sussex countryside.
The new home is designed to have a minimal impact on the environment and has insulation and airtightness values equivalent to Passivhaus standards.The house is constructed from natural materials low in embodied energy including local Sussex sandstone, Sweet Chestnut timber cladding, zinc roofing and sheep’s wool insulation. Other features include a solar PV array, a solar thermal system, whole house heat recovery ventilation and rainwater harvesting.
The large open-plan kitchen-diner and living area opens out into the garden, making the most of the generous outside space.
“After four years living in our eco home designed by Koru we remain very happy with the lifestyle the project has helped us achieve. Mark helped us explore our brief for the new house and came up with a wonderful design in response which maximises the natural attributes of this rural site and harnesses new technologies.”
Geoff Aucock (Client).