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Friday01 August 2014

Energy-efficient home, Salisbury, Wiltshire by Jerry Tate

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House is divided into two thermally distinct wings

Jerry Tate Architects has received planning permission for an energy efficient new-build house in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

The site is in an area of archaeological significance, so the architect aimed to minimise the visual impact of the house, while also incorporating several sustainable features.

The 220sq m, £350,000, one-level house is divided into two thermally distinct wings so the owners will be able to control the amount of energy consumed in each part of the building. Should one side of the house not be in use, it can simply be shut down. The eastern wing contains a living room and a master bedroom, while the western wing has three more bedrooms, a bathroom and ancillary accommodation.

Energy-efficient home, Salisbury, Wiltshire by Jerry Tate

The glazed central section is an unheated winter garden.

A winter garden will separate the two wings, and provide the owners with space to grow temperate plants. The super-insulated and triple-glazed envelope is orientated to maximise solar gain in the winter months, with overhangs to minimise overheating in the summer.

“This project allowed us to investigate how to integrate the lifestyles of our clients into the design to provide a sustainable, low-impact dwelling,” said Jerry Tate. “By aligning architecture and occupant behaviour in a strategic manner we hope to significantly reduce energy use, and we intend to monitor the building with the client after construction to assess this.”

Energy-efficient home, Salisbury, Wiltshire by Jerry Tate

The walls will be white rendered and with natural timber cladding to blend with the trees behind. The patinated zinc-clad roof will mimic the appearance of many adjacent buildings. There is also a scheme by landscape architect Anne Keenan to improve biodiversity on the site and minimise the house’s impact on its surroundings.

The project is due to start on site in spring 2013.

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  • Odd article... "area of archaeological significance" = stuff under the ground? How does that affect the appearance of the house? "eastern wing contains a living room and a master bedroom" - not on the drawing, it doesn't! Oh well, just take the press release and reproduce it uncritically. Life's too short, isn't it?

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  • Ellis Woodman

    Old Sarum, an iron age hill fort, stands within sight of the house. The bedroom in the east wing is above the living room.

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  • grapefruit

    Why shold you get planning permission because it is an energy efficient new-build house?

    It looks like some very ordinary changing rooms in a field.

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  • Great to see such an innovative approach to sustainable design instead of the green wash that often graces the pages of BD.

    This is a demonstration of how good sustainable design is not simply about specifying triple glazed windows and high performance insulation. Here the architect has clearly taken the time to understand the clients usage patterns and habits, and have developed an intelligent solution to accommodate those needs.

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  • grapefruit

    How do you save energy by using a "super-insulated and triple-glazed envelope"?

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  • Munter Roe

    ...because it takes less energy to heat?

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  • Prefer Manilla myself. but i see your point

    www.reork.com

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  • one level? -- ummm, it clearly has two. would have been nice to see the plan of the upper level included.

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