Passive design is a building that is designed and built in a holistic way where there is minimal technology and building services required for the building to run, therefore cutting down emissions. There are five factors that need to be included for a building to be certified as passive, they are: thermal insulation, airtightness, ventilation, high performance windows, and thermal bridge free construction.
One example of passive house design is Lark Rise by bere:architects. Lark Rise produces two times more energy than it consumes and also uses 97% less energy from the grid than the average house in the UK. The house is essentially its own small power station, and was designed to show a model of how to fuel the UK entirely by renewable energy.
The house combines Passive House design principles with being all-electric, plus-energy, and north facing; it might be the most advance high-performance house in the UK. As Lark Rise has low energy requirements it enables a rooftop solar panel array that produces double the amount of energy as it consumes. One of the best features of the home is once it has taken all of the energy it needs from its own source it exports the excess to the National Grid.
‘If the roll-out of this concept is scaled up, money spent on new and retrofit buildings like this will significantly reduce national peak energy demand. If we can reduce peak energy demand, then we can reduce the need for new power stations, and the many billions of pounds saved on building, operating, fuelling and eventually decommissioning each power station can instead go into creating and converting more buildings like this, thereby producing more savings in power station expenditure and more low-carbon jobs - a really healthy feedback loop.’
About Amelia //
Hi there! My name is Amelia, I am the creative director and owner of Semper Interiors. I created Semper Interiors after working in hospitality studios for many years, during that time I found myself feeling increasingly guilty about the waste created throughout each project. I wanted to be able to design and create spaces that have a minimal impact on our beautiful earth. My approach to sustainability is based around ensuring my projects have longevity in both quality and aesthetic, supporting local trades, artisans and suppliers and using natural materials.
Semper Interiors a bespoke interior design studio based in New Farm Brisbane that focuses on sustainability and conscious construction practices. If you are interested in how we can help you make your home or business more environmentally conscious and beautifully designed please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.