Passivhaus construction is the worlds leading energy efficiency standard for the construction sector.
In 2017 Argyll have successfully built seven Passivhaus certified homes. A five-storey apartment block and two semi-detached townhouses on an island in East London. It was a challenging build. The plot had no road access and the rear of the building abutted the canal wall with the scaffold cantilevered over the Bow river. A tower crane was used to erect a cross-laminated-timber (CLT) superstructure this was wrapped in external wall insulation (EWI) and finished with corten cladding and brick slips. The land was purchased from the canal and riverside trust and was part of the redevelopment of Stratford supported by London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games after the 2012 London Olympic’s.
Setting aside the irrefutable point about western nations offshoring carbon generation the UK has made significant strides. Carbon omissions are 44% below 1990 levels, driven by government supply side policies. However, for our generation to be confident that subsequent generations have a habitable planet a similar scale of change is required in how people eat, build, travel and consume energy. While governments and intergovernmental organisations have a huge role, phase two of potentially saving the world requires individuals and businesses to take responsibility and change how they think, work and live. We hope in a small way to be in the vanguard of confronting this challenge.
Our Operations Director will complete his Passivhaus designer accreditations in Oct 2019. We also have a team of installers who have undertaken practical passivhaus training courses. Paul also has experience in Polar wall construction. We’re determine to build on our training and experience placing both retrofit and new build passivhaus and sustainable construction at the core of the business.