Modern energy efficient house design in Scotland

Posted on 23/10/2011 Author: . Under: Architecture


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Simon Winstanley Architects are specialized in modern energy efficient house design, or passive house, that emphasize on less impact on the environment by decreasing the impact on global warming. A passive house require between 70 and 90% less energy than a house built to the minimum requirements for building regulations. The result is an open living space with underfloor heating and a massively reduced running cost.

Modern energy efficient house

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This high eco appeal is revealed in their Deepstone project. This slope modern energy efficient house, overlooking the Solway Firth in south-west Scotland, is built on a former quarry, mirroring the stone that characterizes the area. The stone home design is topped by a wood and glass enclosure offering breathtaking views, as the first floor forms the public living accommodation with external terrace facing the sea. This glass wall house area is built using a steel frame with cedar panels and triple-glazed windows. The ground floor houses the private bedroom and bathroom facilities and is conceived as a glazed pavilion constructed with a standing seam zinc roof.

Modern energy efficient house with a great design

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The base is clad with natural stone matching the exposed rock face of the quarry. The lower floor, the only flat part of the site (the base of the quarry), contains the garage and the main entrance. The sustainable “green” house boasts recycled and Earth-friendly materials and technologies throughout: the external walls, floor and roof are insulated to a high standard and air infiltration is minimized; the masonry base finish is made of recycled quarry stone; triple-glazed thermal windows and heat pump for sub-floor; micro generation of renewable electricity using roof-mounted Photovoltaic Panels; heat recovery ventilation system for the whole house. Investing in sustainable, green technology will always be a forward-thinking decision. This is how design works for the future in this modern energy efficient house design.

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Living room design

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Modern kitchen design

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Dining area design

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