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@BethanHasnip Hi! yes there is, Larch house is one of the first

@BethanHasnip Hi! yes there is, Larch house is one of the first

Larch House Ebbw Vale Wales Building Type: Single family dwelling Client: Blaneau Gwent County Borough Architect: bere:architects The Larch House was the UK’s first zero carbon, low cost Passivhaus, built as prototype social housing and launched at the 2010 National Eisteddfod for Wales. Designed by bere:architects, the three bedroom house was built 1000ft above sea level in an exposed and misty hilltop location in Ebbw Vale, Wales. In spite of this, most energy needs are met by the solar gains, occupants and appliances. The Larch House generates as much energy from the sun in the summer months as it uses for the whole year making it Zero Carbon by UK definition. The construction was a fast build where its structure and fabric took 14 weeks to build, before being fitted out with bathrooms and kitchens. The closed panel timber frame system was developed using locally source...

Full article: http://www.passivhaus.org.uk/page.jsp?id=91

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