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Zero carbon private home gets underway in Southeast London

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The Pavilion

[22/11/2011] Construction has started one of only a handful of private residences to achieve Code 5 for Sustainable Homes. The house, called the Pavilion and located in Blackheath in Southeast London, will use low energy building best practice, including Passivhaus, principles. By meeting the energy requirements defined by Code 5, the property conforms to the Governments definition of Zero Carbon buildings which is due to be implemented in 2016. An innovative and intelligent design has been developed for the project by a team of experts, who have worked on the project for two years. They include E2 Architecture, Elloitt Wood structural engineers and leading multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, Hilson Moran, whose role includes building services design and low and zero carbon technology consultancy. The new house is being built on a piece of land annexed to The Pagoda, a Grade II* listed building in Blackheath.

Designed as a low carbon, contemporary home, it employs super insulation, passive solar design, an earth sheltered lower ground floor, green roofs, rainwater harvesting, ground source heat pumps, large amounts of photovoltaic panels and solar thermal hot water. The site slopes down three metres towards the south boundary of Pagoda Gardens and the house will be laid out on two split levels with the upper floor in an ‘L’ forming a courtyard over the lower ground roof. By keeping the new house at a very low profile, the views from the upper floors of The Pagoda will be preserved. Keith Hicks, Group Director at Hilson Moran said: “We are delighted to be working with E2 Architecture and the rest of the team by leading the development of the low energy solutions to achieve the client’s aspirations of this cutting edge Eco House.” Sam Cooper, Director of E2 Architecture said: “The Pavilion is a completely environmental house that responds to its local and global context and climate, and will be a breakthrough for private owners wanting more environmentally sustainable homes. Just like William Chamber's Pagoda, it is a highly contemporary design at the forefront of modern construction and technical know-how and will be built to last at least 200 years”. The Pagoda is Grade II* listed and was designed as a garden pavilion for the Duke of Montagu in 1767 by Architect Sir William Chambers, who designed a large number of fine buildings including Somerset House and a selection of garden buildings at Kew including the Orangery and the ten-storey pagoda. Construction of the property is due to be completed in August 2012.

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