New-Build Eco House, Sussex
Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the original 1920’s detached house provided mis-matched bedroom accommodation and had little insulation or draught-proofing. Originally the Client wanted to extend the existing house and Penton Architects achieved approval for a substantial extension. An extension however could not address the issue of improving the thermal envelope of the existing building, and so an approval for a matching New Build scheme was obtained.
The Client wanted a design which could provide accommodation for the 21st Century, responded to the views and sunlight on the plot and that was low-maintenance and thermally excellent. Penton Architects developed a design based on the original floorplate giving a series of buildings which step down the sloped garden and open-up views from the living areas. The building is clad in natural timber boarding with dark zinc roofs incorporating solar thermal panels on the hidden south-facing sides. A double-height dining area with roof glazing creates a light ‘heart’ to the house and, combined with high levels of insulation, airtight construction and a whole house ventilation system, the house will have exceptionally low heating costs.