Statistics show that around 40% of the total amount of energy that we use is consumed in houses. Therefore it is crucial that we rethink energy consumption patterns and plan for a minimal energy usage from the very beginning. One way of doing this is by designing homes in which a comfortable interior climate can be maintained without active heating and cooling systems. The house heats and cools itself – this is termed a passive house.
Upton site C residences
This award-winning scheme for a new housing development near Upton in Northampton, UK, manages to combine high architectural standards with a strong sustainability agenda — a sometimes tricky balancing act. Equipped with a range of renewable energy technologies and built to low energy standards, the houses feature ample glazing and some double-height spaces as part of a high-specification architectural brief.
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